By Sharon Murphy
The British Soldier and his Libraries, c. 1822-1901 considers the heritage of the libraries that the East India corporation and average military respectively tested for infantrymen throughout the 19th century. Drawing upon quite a lot of fabric, together with archival resources, professional experiences, and infantrymen’ memoirs and letters, this ebook explores the motivations of these who have been chargeable for the developing and/or operation of the libraries, and examines what they display approximately attitudes to army readers specifically and, extra commonly, to working-class readers – and rest – at this era. Murphy’s research additionally considers the contents of the libraries, settling on what sorts of works have been supplied for squaddies and the place and the way they learn them. In so doing, The British Soldier and his Libraries, c. 1822-1901 presents in a different way of wondering a number of the key debates that mark booklet historical past at the present time, and illuminates components of curiosity to the final reader in addition to to literary critics and armed forces and cultural historians.
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Chapter 3 is concerned with the way in which the East India Company’s libraries evolved over the years, and so it explores in the first instance how attitudes to the “where” of soldiers’ reading were gradually modified to take account of the realities of military service. In the very early days of the libraries, it is clear, the East India Company attempted to regulate reading at their stations in India, by issuing a series of rules that stressed the privileged nature of the institutions. Although the Company does not appear to have directed explicitly that books could not be removed from the libraries, this seems to have been the initial conclusion—or conviction—of those responsible for the operation of the institutions, who dictated that men should only read in rooms that were under the supervision of persons such as chaplains, schoolmasters, or librarians.
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The idea I had of this part of the world I found to be very different from reality. I expected nothing but a scorching sun, a parched country inhabited by a set of savage idolaters, sickness and death in abundance, and life gloomy, sad and melancholy. 278. 314. 70. 68 24 S. MURPHY Corneille’s musings in the first instance remind us once again of the dangers of making generalized assumptions about the way in which reading or texts “work,” but they also underline the crucial role that India played in the lives of many British soldiers from at least the mid-1700s.
The British Soldier and his Libraries, c. 1822-1901 by Sharon Murphy