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Disease, War, and the Imperial State: The Welfare of the British Armed Forces during the Seven Years' War

Erica Charters


This book examines British responses to disease during the Seven Years War with a particular focus on the role of the state and its relationship to the welfare of the armed forces. Alongside fiscal and logistical capability, British success required consistent and well-publicized attention to the welfare of troops to maintain manpower strength, support recruitment, and retain public support and public financing for the war. The strength and success of the British state during the war is shown to be dependent on its ability to secure public support through attention to troop welfare. This was a ... More

Keywords: British Army, Royal Navy, Seven Years War, colonial warfare, colonial medicine, military medicine, expertise, British state, British Empire, public sphere

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226180007
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226180144.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erica Charters, author
Associate Professor, History of Medicine,Wolfson College, Oxford University