The Redcoat and Religion
The Forgotten History of the British Soldier from the Age of Marlborough to the Eve of the First World War
By (author) Michael Snape
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Redcoat and Religion by Michael Snape
Book DescriptionThis compelling study presents the most comprehensive examination available of the role of religion in the army during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Through extensive analysis of official military sources, religious publications and personal memoirs, Michael Snape challenges the widely-held assumption that religion did not play a role in the British Army until the mid-Victorian period, and demonstrates that the British soldier was highly susceptible to religious influences long before the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny rendered the subject of wider public concern. In The Redcoat and Religion Snape argues that religion was of significant, even defining, importance to the British soldier and reveals the enduring strength and vitality of religion in contemporary British society, challenging the view that the popular religious culture of the era was wholly dependent upon the presence and activities of women. Students of British history, military history, and religion will all find this an insightful resource for their studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415477420
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 14-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Snape
God and Uncle Sam, Hardback (May 2015)
An authoritative and timely book shedding new light on the role of religion during World War II and its impact on post-war American society.
Clergy in Khaki, Hardback (May 2013)
Army chaplains have not fared well in the mythology of the Great War. Alongside Blimpish generals they are generally characterized as embodiments of the callous futility and hypocrisy that left the battlefields of the Western Front littered with corpses. Yet, as historians have begun to reassess the motives and performance of generals.
God and the British Soldier, Paperback (November 2005)
Drawing on material from military, ecclesiastical and secular civilian archives, this work presents a study of the experience of the officers and men of Britain's vast citizen armies, and also of the numerous religious agencies which ministered to them. It is useful for students and scholars of military history, British history, and religion.
Redcoat and Religion, Hardback (November 2005)» View all books by Michael Snape
Analyzing military sources, religious publications and personal memoirs, this book challenges widely-held views and presents the most comprehensive study available of the role of religion in the army during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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Author Biography - Michael Snape
Michael Snape is Lecturer in Modern History at the Unviersity of Birmingham and a member of the University of Birmingham's Centre for First World War Studies. He is author of The Redcoat and Religion: The British Soldier from the Age of Marlborough to the Eve of the First World War (Routledge, 2005) and The Church of England in Industrialising Society (2003).
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