The Radical Soldier's Tale: John Pearman, 1819-1908

1st Edition

Carolyn Steedman

Routledge
Published November 28, 2017
Reference - 306 Pages
ISBN 9781138640146 - CAT# Y227470
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The Victorian World

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Summary

First published in 1988, The Radical Soldier’s Tale is both an introduction to and a transcript of his ‘Memoirs’, written after his retirement in 1881. In this autobiography he presents his life as a soldier during the Sikh Wars, his life as a policeman, and the ideologies which divided people from each other in the societies he had known and read about.

Carolyn Steedman introduces the ‘Memoirs’ by placing the document in its textual context, as well as the context of history and politics, and shows how it directs fascinating light on popular political thought in the mid-Victorian years. In her introduction she looks closely at the kind of narratives people have access to in different social circumstances and the stories they tell themselves to explain who they are. This book will be of particular interest to students of Victorian history and politics.

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