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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 Public Face of Volunteering

The Public Face of Volunteering

(p.170) 6 The Public Face of Volunteering
The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814

Austin Gee

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that the volunteers' position between the military and civilian worlds forced them to define their position with regard to both. On the whole, they emphasized their civilian status. They adopted the ideal of citizen-soldier, believing that it had been abandoned by the militia, which during the wars had weakened its territorial basis and became increasingly a recruiting reserve for the regular army. Principal among the features of this self-image was that, though carrying the same duties as professional soldiers, they remained fundamentally civilians with all the liberties that entailed.

Keywords:   volunteer military forces, civilians, volunteering, volunteer organizations

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