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dc.contributor.authorUgolini, Laura
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-13T10:53:10Z
dc.date.available2018-09-13T10:53:10Z
dc.date.issued2014-08-05
dc.identifier.issn0729-2473
dc.identifier.issn2042-4345
dc.identifier.doi10.1179/0729247314Z.00000000036
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/621701
dc.description.abstractHistorians have long recognised the role of military uniforms in marking the transformation of civilians into servicemen. However, this was not a simple transition, completed the moment individuals put on service dress shortly after enlistment. Rather, the process of transformation continued throughout servicemen’s life in the military, reflecting changed circumstances that might include a move to a different war theatre, promotion or illness and injury. Focusing on the experiences of British soldiers during the First World War, this article explores the meanings of uniforms as servicemen were transformed from raw recruits into experienced combatants. It questions the extent to which the stained and worn uniforms that seemed the inevitable outcome of front line duty were seen as consistent with the manly heroism expected of soldiers, paying attention not only to the army authorities’ insistence on ‘spit and polish’, but especially to combatants’ perceptions of the effect of dirt on their own identities and sense of self. Thus, this article argues, the transformation into combatants involved potentially dangerous and degrading encounters with dirt and vermin, but also the development of strategies – centred on bodies and on uniforms – that sought to counter the threat of long-term harm and pollution.
dc.description.sponsorshipFaculty of Social Sciences
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1179/0729247314Z.00000000036
dc.subjectMilitary uniforms
dc.subjectBritish Soldiers
dc.subjectFirst World War
dc.subject'Manly heroism'
dc.subject'Spit and Polish'
dc.subjecttransformation
dc.titleWar-stained: British Combatants and Uniforms, 1914–18
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalWar & Society
dc.source.journaltitleWar & Society
dc.source.volume33
dc.source.issue3
dc.source.beginpage155
dc.source.endpage171
refterms.dateFOA2018-09-13T10:53:11Z


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