Introduction
Gender, navy and empire
in From Jack Tar to Union Jack
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explains how imperial challenges, technological changes and domestic pressures transformed the navy and naval service from the wake of the Crimean War to the First World War. It considers how female-run naval philanthropic organisations domesticated the reputation of naval men by refashioning the imagery of the drunken debauched sailor through temperance and evangelical campaigns. The book argues that late-Victorian portrayals of naval manhood were preoccupied with class distinctions that both elided realities of class tensions and affirmed the patrilineal nature of manhood, in which birthright assured one's masculine stature. It also considers through a case study whether the experience of the First World War, which transformed so much in British society, resulted in noticeable changes in the representations of naval manhood.

From Jack Tar to Union Jack

Representing naval manhood in the British Empire, 1870–1918

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