‘To shield me from all harm’ 1 : The Motivation for Volunteering
This chapter examines the motives for volunteering. Volunteering is often interpreted as a patriotic and nationalist response to the defence requirements of the state. However, questions have risen over whether patriotism was the dominant ethos in volunteering, particularly once material rewards became important in the large-scale mobilization of 1803. For many, volunteering involved a decision between military force and a range of non-military options, including insurance clubs and the hiring of a substitute to serve in a balloted force.
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