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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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‘The shop-keeping army’ 1 : The Membership of Volunteer Corps

‘The shop-keeping army’ 1 : The Membership of Volunteer Corps

(p.67) 3 ‘The shop-keeping army’1: The Membership of Volunteer Corps
The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814

Austin Gee

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that despite its appearance as a homogeneous organization, the volunteer force was in practice more like a federation of varied and disparate independent associations. The force was characterized by a mixture of central direction and independent local initiative. The volunteers were organized on three levels: within individual corps; within countries by the lords lieutenant and county committees; and nationally by the Home Office.

Keywords:   volunteer military forces, volunteering, volunteer organizations, army, membership

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