Cornhill Magazine,  1 (1860), 77–84.

Our Volunteers

[John F Burgoyne]




Military Technology, Political Economy, Professionalization, Machinery, Vitalism

    Notes the importance to the army of proficiency in the use of newly invented military technology. The pacific attitude of the English is linked to their 'industrial impulses and the principles of political economy'. 'Soldiership' has become 'a scientific profession' for which 'an apprenticeship [...] with skill and experience in every branch of it' is necessary to acquire the requisite skill and discipline (78). Compares an 'army advancing in solid masses' with 'some vast and complex machine animated by life and motion' (79).

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