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The Home GuardA Military and Political History$
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S. P. MacKenzie

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205777

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205777.001.0001

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Prologue: The Amateur Tradition 1558–1939

Prologue: The Amateur Tradition 1558–1939

(p.5) 1 Prologue: The Amateur Tradition 1558–1939
The Home Guard

S. P. Mackenzie

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the history of the amateur military tradition in England during the period from 1558 to 1939, which might have produced the Home Guard in 1940. This tradition is deep-rooted and its origins date back to the formation of trained bands in the 16th century and to the raising of the Saxon fyrd. Despite the establishment of the first true standing army in 1689, there remained strong support for the continuation of amateur forces under some degree of local control.

Keywords:   amateur military, England, Home Guard, fyrd, military tradition

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