Redcoats, Tommies, and Dusty Warriors: Britain’s Soldiers c.1650 to the present

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Call for Papers
April 9, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Military History, Social History / Studies

Abstracts are welcome for a two-day conference at the University of Leeds on 10 and 11 July 2018 that will explore all aspects of the history of Britain's soldiers from the formation of a permanent army in the seventeenth century to the present day.

The conference aims to explore the history of those who served in military forces of the British crown. We aim to focus on soldiers alongside life in and with the army, exploring them through a variety of perspectives, including:

  • Britain’s soldiers on campaign and life in barracks.
  • The changing nature of combat, manoeuvres and logistics.
  • Recruitment, service, wounds, and pensions.
  • Military culture, including issues relating to identity, gender and memory.
  • The soldier in popular culture.
  • Evolving military formations, such as the regiment.
  • Memory and material culture.

We take a wide definition of Britain's soldiers, and intend to cover all the military forces of the British crown – the regular army, militia, home defence forces, part-time soldiers, auxiliaries; officers, NCOs, rank and file, camp followers and military families. Additionally, we encourge contributions on the forces raised outside Britain and Ireland, including ‘foreign’ units and forces recruited in colonies and the Empire. Contributions can address specific moments, events, campaigns, or years, just as much as they can range across broader periods.

We are open contributions from all disciplines and from established academics, early career researchers, and the public alike. We welcome proposals for academic papers, posters, workshops, and other formats that we can support. Abstracts should be 200 words for papers of 20 minutes or a poster.

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Dr Kevin Linch

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