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 lower 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 research, Gordon demonstrates that army debate, inspired through Britain's semi-secure insular state of affairs, had a amazing effect at the British mind's eye and its narratives. Affected have been constitution and closure; personality assessment; heroic and mock-heroic types; attitudes towards love and marriage; and the jobs of locality and atmosphere within the shaping of the nationwide and private personality. extra outstanding nonetheless, those results signaled the emergence of a civilian realization that also affects our literary choice and expectations.

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