Soldiers and Soldiering and Zombies
Lest you’re wondering why I just posted about a War in History issue from January, it’s because I was reminded of it when I received the latest email alert regarding the April issue.
The following article sounds interesting:
Linch, Kevin and Matthew McCormack, “Defining Soldiers: Britain’s Military, c. 1740-1815.” War in History 20, no. 2 (April 2013): 144-159.
This article offers a critique of the methodology of military history. The question of what constitutes a ‘soldier’ is usually taken for granted, but history of Britain’s military between the wars of the 1740s and the end of the Napoleonic Wars suggests that current definitions are inadequate. By focusing on the themes of language, law and citizenship, life cycles, masculinity, and collective identity, this article proposes new ways of thinking about ‘the soldier’. In so doing, it suggests that military historians should rethink the relationship between the military and society, and engage further with the methodologies of social and cultural history
A standard part of my research process is to google any scholars I’m not familiar with after they appear on my radar screen. Doing so with Kevin Linch resulting in the following website, which may be of interest: