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The Edwardian Army: Recruiting, Training, and Deploying the British Army, 1902-1914

Timothy Bowman and Mark Connelly


The period 1902–14 was one of great change for the British army. The experience of the South African War (1899–1902) had been a profound shock to the army and it led to a period of intense introspection in order to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the force. As a result of a series of investigations and government-led reorganization, the army embarked on a series of reforms to improve its recruitment, standards of professionalism, training, and preparation for war. Until now many of the studies covering this period have tended to look at the army in a top-down manner and have often co ... More

Keywords: South African War, Russo-Japanese War, First World War, Great War, reform, recruitment, regiment, officers, empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199542789
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Bowman, author
Senior Lecturer in Modern British Military History, School of History, University of Kent

Mark Connelly, author
Professor of Modern British History, School of History, University of Kent