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The Development of Volunteering

Austin Gee

in The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199261253
eISBN:
9780191717543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261253.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter details the development of volunteering. In its early stages, volunteering developed rapidly with seventy two volunteer infantry corps and thirty two yeomanry cavalry corps established ... More


The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814

Austin Gee

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199261253
eISBN:
9780191717543
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261253.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This book provides a full view of the social, political, and military aspects of the volunteer movement of the French Wars: the volunteer infantry, yeomanry cavalry, and the armed associations in ... More


Conclusion

Austin Gee

in The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199261253
eISBN:
9780191717543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261253.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It considers what the volunteers achieved, and compares this with the purpose for which they were established. The volunteers of the ... More


Introduction

Austin Gee

in The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199261253
eISBN:
9780191717543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261253.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This introductory chapter begins with a brief description of the purpose of the book, which is to show how volunteers rapidly established themselves as a force of reliable defenders of the ... More


‘So gallant and patriotic a measure’: The Genesis of the Volunteer Force 1

Austin Gee

in The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199261253
eISBN:
9780191717543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261253.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter discusses the emergence of the volunteer force. In March 1794 the government invited gentlemen to come forward and carry out plans for the security of the country that included the ... More


‘The shop-keeping army’ 1 : The Membership of Volunteer Corps

Austin Gee

in The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199261253
eISBN:
9780191717543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261253.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter shows that despite its appearance as a homogeneous organization, the volunteer force was in practice more like a federation of varied and disparate independent associations. The force ... More


‘A Connexion of Loyalty’

Austin Gee

in The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199261253
eISBN:
9780191717543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261253.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter discusses the selection of volunteers. Careful selection depended on the identification of loyalty. National and county administrators adopted several approaches to ensure that only ... More


‘To shield me from all harm’ 1 : The Motivation for Volunteering

Austin Gee

in The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199261253
eISBN:
9780191717543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261253.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter examines the motives for volunteering. Volunteering is often interpreted as a patriotic and nationalist response to the defence requirements of the state. However, questions have risen ... More


The Public Face of Volunteering

Austin Gee

in The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199261253
eISBN:
9780191717543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261253.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter shows that the volunteers' position between the military and civilian worlds forced them to define their position with regard to both. On the whole, they emphasized their civilian ... More


‘An Armed Democracy’: The Political Threat of the Volunteer Movement

Austin Gee

in The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199261253
eISBN:
9780191717543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261253.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter shows that volunteers were as much a threat to the existing order as they were a bastion against invasion and insurrection. Some apprehended constitutional and social threats to both the ... More


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