By John Peck
A ground-breaking examine of the way literature either mirrored and contributed to the eclipse and next revival of militarism within the 19th century. concentrating on 4 significant disputes within the Crimea, India, the Sudan, and South Africa in addition to the position of the military in Britain, John Peck examines how Victorian writers replied to army concerns. on the middle of the e-book is a obstacle that characterises the Victorian interval: the impossibility of reconciling imperial aggression with liberal family values.
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This is the balance that is struck in the treatment of Captain Nolan, the officer perhaps most to blame for the debacle. The statement 'A braver soldier than Captain Nolan the army did not possess' (p. 113) is entirely transparent, but when he is referred to as 'A matchless horseman and first-rate swordsman' (p. 113) an impression begins to creep in that he belongs to another world. This is confirmed by Russell's devastating sentence, 'Captain Nolan was killed by the first shot fired, as he rode in advance of the Hussars, cheering them on' (p.
It is clear that Tennyson had the Crimean War in mind: Let it go or stay, so I wake to the higher aims Of a land that has lost for a little her lust of gold, And love of a peace that was full of wrongs and shames, Horrible, hateful, monstrous, not to be told; And hail once more to the banner of battle unrolled!... For the peace, that I deemed no peace, is over and done, And now by the side of the Black and Baltic deep, And deathful-grinning mouths of the fortress, flames The blood-red blossom of war with a heart of fire.
Every country becomes merely a platform on which she must make her mark. The effect is to create a narrative that is reminiscent of Moll Flanders, where, amid a swirl of activity, the narrator is always rather coldly distanced both from events and other people. 21 Taking up this last point, there is an almost obsessive quality about Davis's references to linen, particularly shirts. Such references start with her arrival in Scutari where, rather than being assigned immediately to nursing work, she is sent to mend old shirts.