Uncovering the Georgian Army
This website is dedicated to anyone interested in British soldiers during the Eighteenth Century. We take a broad definition of soldiers, recognising the many different ways that men could don a uniform in the period. At its peak in the Napoleonic Wars, some 680,000 men were involved in some form of military service, yet the experiences of these men remains largely forgotten. There were many ways men could serve too:
- the militia, reformed during the Seven Years’ War in 1757
- volunteer forces (part-time soldiers raised for home defence) in the American War of Independence and especially the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
- Fencible regiments established during wartime for service in the United Kingdom
- And, of course, the British Army itself.
Purpose of this website
Broadly, we hope to:
- Provide a community space for academics, researchers, archivists, and the public interested in Britain’s soldiers in the eighteenth century
- Create and link to appropriate resources on the subject
- Introduce and integrate the public into the process of historical research
- Provide a forum for questions, answers, and debate
Undertaking this through online social networking spaces is somewhat experimental. We don’t want to be resitrictive. If there is something you would like to try and do on the website then please contact us and we’ll see if we can help.
We hope to be able to shift from a model of ‘knowledge transfer’ to ‘knowledge exchange’ and create a learning community. Hopefully, this will ensure that our research has an impact beyond academia and facilitate any social and cultural benefits.