FROM JACK TAR TO UNION JACK
Representing Naval Manhood in the British Empire, 1870-1918

MARY A CONLEY
240pp 10 ILLUS 2009 LIST PRICE: £80.00 H638

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The author here charts new depictions of naval manhood during the Age of Empire, a period which witnessed the radical transformation of the navy, the intensification of imperial competition, the democratisation of British society and the advent of mass culture. She argues that popular representations of naval men increasingly reflected and informed imperial masculine ideals in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. The British Bluejacket is shown as both patriotic defender and dutiful husband and father, in sharp contrast to the stereotypic image of the brave but bawdy tar of the Georgian navy whose bravery afloat was only matched by his licentiousness ashore.