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A social history of British naval officers, 1775-1815, Evan Wilson

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A social history of British naval officers, 1775-1815
Title
A social history of British naval officers, 1775-1815
Statement of responsibility
Evan Wilson
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book explores the world of British naval officers at the height of the Royal Navy's power in the age of sail. It describes the full spectrum of officers, from commissioned officers to the unheralded but essential members of every ship's company, the warrant officers. The book focusses on naval officers' social status and its implications for their careers. The demands of life at sea conflicted with the expectations of genteel behaviour and background in eighteenth-century Britain, and the ways officers grappled with this challenge forms a key theme. Drawing on a large database of more than a thousand officers, the book argues that, contrary to the prevailing view, officers were mostly from the middling sort, not the landed elite. It shows how the navy attracted hordes of hopeful commissioned officers, how unemployment was common for the majority even in wartime, and how only a select group managed to gain promotion to post-captain. The book corrects our understanding of the men who lived and served in the wardrooms of the Royal Navy and refocusses our attention away from those who won fame and fortune and onto ordinary naval officers.<BR><BR> EVAN WILSON is Associate Director of International Security Studies and Lecturer in History at Yale University
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1984-
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Wilson, Evan
Dewey number
359.332094109033
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Great Britain
  • Navies
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A social history of British naval officers, 1775-1815, Evan Wilson
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Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 21 Apr 2017)
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CR9781782049326
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 294 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781782049326
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
CR9781782049326
Label
A social history of British naval officers, 1775-1815, Evan Wilson
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 21 Apr 2017)
Control code
CR9781782049326
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 294 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781782049326
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
CR9781782049326

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