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The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814$
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Austin Gee

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261253

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261253.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814
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Austin Gee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261253.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins with a brief description of the purpose of the book, which is to show how volunteers rapidly established themselves as a force of reliable defenders of the established order: not only how they contributed to national defence, but also how they helped create a sense of local and national unity and a loyalist consensus. It then characterizes the voluntary forces that were formed in England, Scotland, and Wales during the wars against the French republic and empire.

Keywords:   volunteer military forces, French wars, volunteering, volunteer organizations

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