Hinterland Warriors and Military Dress : European Empires and Exotic Uniforms / Edition 1

Hinterland Warriors and Military Dress : European Empires and Exotic Uniforms / Edition 1

by Thomas Abler
     
 

Much of the exotic dress of the armies of Europe and elsewhere has its origins in the conditions of frontier wars fought by imperial armies. As states have expanded to control hinterlands occupied by culturally diverse peoples, the ensuing conflicts have had an impact on imperial armies and the way they have dressed. 'Hinterland warriors' have been employed by

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Much of the exotic dress of the armies of Europe and elsewhere has its origins in the conditions of frontier wars fought by imperial armies. As states have expanded to control hinterlands occupied by culturally diverse peoples, the ensuing conflicts have had an impact on imperial armies and the way they have dressed. 'Hinterland warriors' have been employed by imperial governments for a multitude of reasons: they understand the tactics of enemies at the border and are skilled tacticians themselves; they possess local knowledge; they do not disrupt the labor supply; politicians do not have to answer for high casualty rates if these are suffered by hinterland rather than metropolitan troops; finally, they are often classed as 'martial races' and therefore do not require the training needed by fresh recruits.

Throughout time, imperial officers and auxiliaries adopted the dress of these hinterland troops under their command, and even metropolitan units in the imperial armies appropriated items of local dress while engaged in wars on the borders of the empire. These innovations frequently became institutionalized, and in many cases were distorted and stylized, resulting in a caricature of the dress of the hinterland troops that originally provided the model. This engrossing book charts how the perceptions of these marginalized peoples influenced and ultimately transformed the history of military dress.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859732014
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Series:
Dress, Body, Culture Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction: Empires and Hinterland Warriors1
2The Military Uniform: General Principles of Its Evolution11
3Hussars: Horsemen of the Eastern Frontier23
4Other Horsemen from the East: Uhlans and Cossacks47
5'Ladies from Hell'67
6North African Mameluks and Zouaves99
7Khaki - 'Not a Bad Colour for Work'111
8North America: Feathers and Leather131
9The Frontier Experience and the Military Uniform149
Glossary159
Notes165
Bibliography173
Index189

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