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Martial Races : The Military, Race and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857-1914 - Heather Streets

Martial Races

The Military, Race and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857-1914

Paperback Published: 1st November 2010
ISBN: 9780719069635
Number Of Pages: 256

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This book explores how and why Scottish Highlanders, Punjabi Sikhs and Nepalese Gurkhas became identified as the British empire's fiercest, most manly soldiers in nineteenth-century discourse. As 'martial races' these men were believed to possess a biological or cultural disposition to the racial and masculine qualities necessary for the arts of war. Because of this, they were used as icons to promote recruitment in British and Indian armies - a phenomenon with important social and political effects in India, in Britain, and in the armies of the empire. Martial races bridges regional studies of South Asia and Britain while straddling the fields of racial theory, masculinity, imperialism, identity politics, and military studies. Of particular importance is the way it exposes the historical instability of racial categories based on colour and its insistence that historically specific ideologies of masculinity helped form the logic of imperial defence, thus wedding gender theory with military studies in unique ways. Moreover, Martial races challenges the marginalisation of the British Army in histories of Victorian popular culture, and demonstrates the army's enduring impact on the regional cultures of the Highlands, the Punjab and Nepal.

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An excellent book, lucid and fluent throughout. An impressive contribution to the history of military thought and an original addition to imperial studiesA" David Omissi, University of Hull

General editor's introductionp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
The transformation of the British and Indian armies in the Rebellion of 1857p. 18
Highlanders, Sikhs and Gurkhas in the Rebellionp. 52
The European threat, recruiting, and the development of martial race ideology after 1870p. 87
Military influence and martial race discourse in British popular culturep. 116
Martial races: the inter-imperial uses of a racially gendered languagep. 156
Representation versus experience: life as a 'martial race' soldierp. 190
Conclusionp. 225
Select bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 236
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ISBN: 9780719069635
ISBN-10: 0719069637
Series: Studies in Imperialism
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.37