The Yeomanry and the State, 1815–1899

Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850 book series (WCS)


This chapter provides the first in-depth exploration of the Yeomanry Cavalry’s relationship with central government, assessing the force’s political power, its cost, its ability to fight for its interests and its general interaction with the state. It explains why the Yeomanry was allowed to exist beyond the peace with France and after Waterloo, and how its strength and the funds it received from government were bound to the domestic conditions of the nineteenth century and the development of police forces. It also deals with the efforts made to professionalise the Yeomanry late in the century before the Second Boer War dramatically changed the institution.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The National ArchivesKewUK

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