Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 November 2010

256 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719069635

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Martial races

The military, race and masculinity in British imperial culture, 1857-1914

Heather Streets

Published by Manchester University Press

Studies in Imperialism MUP

  • A unique study exploring the development of martial race theory as a military, racial, gendered and social phenomenon that had a deep impact on both military strategy and on popular imperialism
  • Challenges the common assumption that the British Army was marginal to Victorian popular culture, demonstrating that the army and society were fundamentally connected and showing that key military officials influenced and interfered in British popular culture in order to advance the army's political and military agenda
  • Explores the development of martial race theory not only as a military and local phenomenon but as an imperial phenomenon with deep ramifications in both Britain and India and on imperial society and culture as a whole
  • Argues, in contract to most military histories, that ideologies about what it meant to be a man and masculine were critical to the formation of military policy and in doing so weds gender theory with military history in unique ways