1st Edition

The English Militia in the Eighteenth Century The Story of a Political Issue 1660-1802

By J. R. Western Copyright 1965

    First published in 1965, The English Militia in the Eighteenth Century directs light on English politics and government, through studying the militia, from the Restoration to the days of the younger Pritt. The militia occupied a significant place both in the quarrels between king and parliament in the later seventeenth century and in the struggle for power between the elder Pitt and the Duke of Newcastle. Raised and officered by the county and parish authorities, its maintenance constantly posed the problem of how to harness the machinery of local government to national purposes. The gentry had to be induced to help and the militia, like other institutions national and local, was shaped by the fashion and extent to which they responded. The book will be of interest to students of history, political science, and literature.

    Preface Note on Abbreviations and the Method of Describing Sources Introduction 1. The Origins and Character of the Restoration Militia Acts 2. Triumphs and Reverses, 166-70 3. Eighty Years’ Decay, 1670-1757 4. The Militia and Party Politics 5. New Trends in Strategy and Politics, 1739-57 6. The Making of the New Militia, 1755-9 7. 1760 – the Frustrated Counterattack 8. The Struggle for Permanence, 1761-86 9. An Epilogue of Expansion, 1775-1802 10. Raising the Men 11. The Obstacles to Real Conscription 12. The Officers 13. Pay, Clothing and Equipment 14. The Routine of Life during Service 15. How Efficient was the Militia? Conclusion Appendices Index


    J. R. Western