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Embodying the Militia in Georgian England

Matthew McCormack


The militia was a key institution in Georgian England, and arguably one that was very characteristic of its age. A ‘militia’ is an informal military organization made up of part-time civilians rather than professionals. As an island, Britain had historically relied on forces of this type for home defence, but threats of a French invasion during the Seven Years War (1756–63) highlighted that the militia had fallen into disrepair and prompted calls for its revival. This book re-examines the debates on the militia, and argues that this military reform was informed and driven by concerns about pol ... More

Keywords: militia, cultural history, military history, gender history, embodiment, eighteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198703648
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703648.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew McCormack, author
Associate Professor of History, University of Northampton