Arms and the Imagination: Essays on War, Politics, and by Robert C. Gordon

By Robert C. Gordon

From the time of John Milton to that of William Blake, the literature of england absorbed the influence of 2 significant army advancements. within the early sleek period, the army revolution strove to set up everlasting armies less than nation self-discipline and, in England, the resistance to this improvement exhibited within the controversy over status armies. during this penetrating and hugely unique examine, Gordon demonstrates that army debate, inspired by way of Britain's semi-secure insular scenario, had a amazing impression at the British mind's eye and its narratives. Affected have been constitution and closure; personality assessment; heroic and mock-heroic kinds; attitudes towards love and marriage; and the jobs of locality and setting within the shaping of the nationwide and private personality. extra impressive nonetheless, those results signaled the emergence of a civilian awareness that also affects our literary choice and expectations.

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