A Social History of Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the Royal Navy, 1761-1831.

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A Social History of Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the Royal Navy, 1761-1831.

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dc.contributor.author Cavell, Samantha en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-13T09:17:32Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T17:12:38Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-21T11:29:35Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02-18 en_GB
dc.description.abstract Many senior officers in the Royal Navy of late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries saw the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars as a time of dramatic social change within the officer corps. Naval and civilian commentators alike expressed concern that the virtue of birth had replaced the virtue of merit when it came to the selection of officer recruits, and that the change adversely affected discipline and subordination. This thesis seeks to test the accuracy of these observations, and modern interpretations of them, by determining when and why changes in the social make-up of the corps of “young gentlemen” took place, and the effects of those changes on naval professionalism. This study asserts that social developments in the navy’s officer corps are most transparent at the entry level. Data on the social backgrounds of more than 4500 midshipmen and quarterdeck boys, from 1761 to 1831, shows that the presence of the social elites among officer aspirants was directly affected by states of war and peace and the popularity of a naval career for well-born sons. While contemporaries saw a growing elitism among officer recruits between 1793 and 1815, the data suggests that the scions of peers and the landed gentry were more prevalent in the peacetime service of 1771 and again after 1815, when the weight of social and political connections again became determining factors in the selection of officer trainees. The cultural changes that influenced the popularity of a naval career for young “honorables” between the Seven Years’ War and Parliamentary Reform highlight the social and political pressures that were exerted on recruiting captains and the Admiralty. Together they help to explain developments in the social make-up of the navy’s future-officer corps and the relationship between the naval microcosm and British society at large. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship Exeter Research Scholarship en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/109573 en_GB
dc.language.iso en_US en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.rights.embargoreason To publish research taken from the thesis en_GB
dc.subject young gentlemen en_GB
dc.subject midshipmen en_GB
dc.title A Social History of Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the Royal Navy, 1761-1831. en_GB
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_GB
dc.date.available 2012-01-31T05:00:04Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-21T11:29:35Z
dc.contributor.advisor Rodger, N. A. M. en_GB
dc.publisher.department Humanities and Social Sciences en_GB
dc.type.degreetitle PhD in History en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_GB
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_GB


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Appendix F1 QDB 1761.xls 123.3Kb Microsoft Excel View/Open
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Appendix H Collated Data and Charts, 1761-1831.xls 1.285Mb Microsoft Excel View/Open
Appendix I Geog ... istribution, 1761-1831.xls 404.4Kb Microsoft Excel View/Open
Appendix J Ages & Ranks JO, 1761-1831.xls 81.40Kb Microsoft Excel View/Open
Appendix K QDB Change of Status, 1801-1831.xls 354.3Kb Microsoft Excel View/Open
Appendix L V1 Applicants, 1830-31.xls 61.95Kb Microsoft Excel View/Open
Appendix M Cour ... Summary, 1755 to 1831.xls 235.0Kb Microsoft Excel View/Open
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