An online community has been launched to establish a network for all interested in the study of Britain's soldiers between 1750 and 1815.
The network intends to bring together scholars, independent researchers, archivists, curators, and those just interested in the field and share resources, discuss issues, and respond to questions from the public on this important phase in British history and in the development of Britain's armed forces.
Between 1750 and 1815 approximately one in six men were in the armed forces at some time in their lives and during the Napoleonic wars as many as 680,000 men were involved in some form of military service. Britons served in a variety of different military force yet the experiences of these men remain largely forgotten. The ‘Soldiers and Soldiering’ project seeks to uncover the experiences, thoughts and opinions of these soldiers and the attitudes towards these men in uniform.
Joining is simple: visit http://redcoats.ning.com.
The website is part of a wider project sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Dr Kevin Linch
School of History
University of Leeds
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