By Scott Myerly
within the theater of warfare, how vital is dress? And in peacetime, what objective does army spectacle serve? This e-book takes us behind the curtain of the British army on the peak of its brilliance to teach us how gown and self-discipline helped to mildew the army guy and tried to seduce the hearts and minds of a country whereas helping intimidate civil rioters in peacetime.
frequently ridiculed for his or her constrictive beauty, British military uniforms of the early 19th century still performed a robust function within the troops' functionality on crusade, in conflict, and as dramatic leisure in peacetime. Plumbing a wide selection of army resources, such a lot tellingly the memoirs and letters of squaddies and civilians, Scott Hughes Myerly unearths how those ornate sartorial creations, combining symbols of harmony and thought, brilliant colour, and actual restraint, stronger the managerial results of inflexible self-discipline, drill, and torturous punishments, but additionally helped foster regimental esprit de corps.
Encouraging recruitment, imposing self-discipline in the army, and boosting morale have been crucial yet no longer the single services of martial gown. Myerly additionally explores the function of the resplendent uniform and its linked gaudy trappings and customs in the course of civil peace and disorder--whether hired as public kinfolk via wonderful loose leisure, or imitated by way of rioters and rebels opposing the established order. gown, drills, parades, inspections, pomp, and order: as this richly illustrated booklet conducts us during the info of the construction, layout, capabilities, and that means of those facets of the martial snapshot, it exposes the underpinnings of a mentality--and vision--that extends a ways past the army culture into the civic and social order that we name modernity.