War, the Army and Victorian Literature

TitleWar, the Army and Victorian Literature
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsPeck, John
Number of Pages218
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
CityNew York

This volume studies how literature both reflected and contributed to the eclipse and subsequent revival of militarism in the nineteenth century. Focusing on four major disputes--in the Crimea, India, the Sudan and South Africa--as well as the role of the army in Britain, the author examines how a succession of writers, as well as war reporters and participants in conflicts, responded to military issues. At the center of the book is the Victorian dilemma of how to reconcile a policy of imperial aggression with liberal domestic values.

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