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In Mercenaries in British and American Literature, 1790-1830, Erik Simpson proposes the mercenary as a gathering element of mental, nationwide, and ideological concerns that hooked up the severed countries of england and the US following the yank Revolution.When writers deal with the determine of the mercenary in literary works, the final problems with incentive, independence, and nationwide carrier turn into intertwined with of the well known social advancements of the interval: an elevated skill of youngsters to settle on their spouses and the shift from patronage to advertisement, market-based help of authorship. whereas the slave, a conventional concentration of transatlantic reports, issues the rhetoric of liberty via a scarcity of autonomy and consent, the mercenary increases questions about liberty by means of embodying its extra. Simpson argues that the mercenary of well known mind's eye takes big good thing about glossy freedoms via contracting away the ostensibly average and foundational bonds of civil society.Substan

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2007: 145–6) For some readers, the cultural nationalism of Moore’s letter would be ironic, given the role of Moore’s project in creating an Englishlanguage popular music from the melodies of Ireland. That is, for linguistic nationalists, Moore would have been a primary agent of putting Irish culture ‘into the service of foreigners’. 21. See Thomson for an account of the rise of what she calls ‘mercenarism’ in Europe (1994: 26–35) and also its fall, stemming from the ‘watershed’ US Neutrality Act of 1794 (1994: 79) and marked by ‘a major wave of antimercenarism legislation’ prompted by Britain’s Foreign Enlistment Act of 1870 (1994: 81).

With proud parade, the noisy drum Beat round, to sweep the streets of want and pain. indd 35 22/4/10 10:34:15 Chapter 1 ORMOND’ S FIGHTERS: AUTHORSHIP, SOLDIERING, AND THE TRANSATLANTIC CHARLES BROCKDEN BROWN ‘This project is not a mercenary one’ When Charles Brockden Brown edited the inaugural issue of the Literary Magazine, and American Register in October 1803, he included an ‘Extract from the correspondence of an American traveller in France. Bordeaux, June 23, 1798’ that provides an account of ‘republican marriages’ (‘Extract .

Other recruiting techniques also came into play, including the Quota Acts of 1795 and 1796, as well as the use of press gangs and the notorious ‘crimps’, civilian recruiters who ‘used methods little short of kidnapping’ (Emsley 2000: 60). The means of persuading or coercing men to enlist had earlier provided comic fodder for George Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer (1706), which provides the epigraph for this introduction. On the economic facts that made recruiting difficult, see Gates (1996: 137).

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