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Brassey's Book of Uniforms

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In this revolutionary history of military uniforms, the author explains the secret meaning of uniforms, their origin, design and construction, and presents some of the most extraordinary uniforms ever made. Military uniforms represent the very best and very worst of mankind. Introduced as an attempt to civilise soldiers and make their presence acceptable to civilians, the very fabric of uniforms contains references to a darker, barbaric past when warriors wore furs and feathers to frighten their victims. ...
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Overview

In this revolutionary history of military uniforms, the author explains the secret meaning of uniforms, their origin, design and construction, and presents some of the most extraordinary uniforms ever made. Military uniforms represent the very best and very worst of mankind. Introduced as an attempt to civilise soldiers and make their presence acceptable to civilians, the very fabric of uniforms contains references to a darker, barbaric past when warriors wore furs and feathers to frighten their victims. Brassey's Book of Uniforms is a vivid collection of uniform information and over 200 colour illustrations, appealing not only to the military historian and enthusiast, but also to the worlds of design, art, social history and fashion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857532432
  • Publisher: Brassey's UK, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

A Soldier's Life 7
The Meaning of Uniforms
Origin of Uniforms 10
Discipline of Armies 15
British Scarlet 21
Specialisation 26
Wild Men 28
Balkan Bandits 34
Green Men 40
Sex Appeal 42
American Blue 48
Birth of the Practical 58
Westernisation 65
Khaki 73
German Grey 78
Death's Head 84
Leather Jacket 93
War as Work 96
Women's Uniforms 102
Camouflage 105
Revolution in Materials 111
Future Uniforms 113
The Making of Uniforms
Uniform Makers 119
Dyes and Colours 122
Jackets and Trousers 124
Leatherwork 126
Tassels and Gold 129
Military Hats 130
Spit and Polish 134
Entertainment 138
Notes 140
Bibliography 141
Directory of Uniforms 142
Index 143
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