The late Victorian and Edwardian officer class viewed hunting and big game hunting in particular, as a sound preparation for imperial warfare. For the imperial officer in the making, the ‘blooding’ hunting ritual was a visible ‘hallmark’ of stirling martial masculinity. Sir Henry Newbolt, the period poet of subaltern self-sacrifice, typically considered hunting as essential for the creation of a ‘masculine sporting spirit’ necessary for the consolidation and extension of the empire. Hunting was seen as a manifestation of Darwinian masculinity that maintained a pre-ordained hierarchical order of superordinate and subordinate breeds.
Militarism, Hunting, Imperialism examines these ideas under the following five sections:
This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
1. Introduction: Another Publication of Significance Roberta J. Park 2. Prologue: Statement 3. ‘Duty unto Death’ – the Sacrificial Warrior: English Middle Class Masculinity and Militarism in the Age of the New Imperialism 4. Privileged Education, Hunting and the Making of Martial Masculinity 5. Martial Conditioning, Military Exemplars and Moral Certainties: Imperial Hunting as Preparation for War 6. Martial and Moral Complexities: Changing Certainties in Changing Imperial Landscapes 7. Publicist and Proselytizer: The Officer-Hunter as Scientist and Naturalist 8. Imperial Masculinity Institutionalized: The Shikar Club 9. Martial Masculinity in Transition: The Imperial Officer-Hunter and the Rise of a Conservation Ethic 10. Epilogue: Recapitulation