The Clergy in Khaki Hardback

New Perspectives on British Army Chaplaincy in the First World War

by Edward Madigan;

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The Clergy in Khaki

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British army chaplains have not fared well in the mythology of the First World War. Like its commanders they have often been characterized as embodiments of ineptitude and hypocrisy. Yet, just as historians have reassessed the motives and performance of British generals, this collection offers fresh insights into the war record of British chaplains. Drawing on the expertise of a dozen academic researchers, the collection offers an unprecedented analysis of the subject that embraces military, political, religious and imperial history.

The volume also benefits from the professional insights of chaplains themselves, several of its contributors being serving or former members of the Royal Army Chaplains' Department. Providing the fullest and most objective study yet published, it demonstrates that much of the post-war hostility towards chaplains was driven by political, social or even denominational agendas and that their critics often overlooked the positive contribution that chaplains made to the day-to-day struggles of soldiers trying to cope with the appalling realities of industrial warfare and its aftermath.

As the most complete study of the subject to date, this collection marks a major advance in the historiography of the British army, of the British churches and of British society during the First World War, and will appeal to researchers in a broad range of academic disciplines.

The Clergy in Khaki by Edward Madigan was published by Ashgate Publishing Group in May 2013. The ISBN for The Clergy in Khaki is 9781409430001.

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Notes on Contributors
List of Abbreviations
1 introduction: British army Chaplaincy in Context: Edward Madigan and Michael Snape
2 The nonconformist Chaplain in the First World War:The importance of a new Phenomenon: J.H. Thompson
3 Free Church revivalism in the British army during the First World War: Neil Allison
4 A Welsh Perspective on army Chaplaincy during the First World War: The letters of Abraham rees Morgan MC: Ieuan Elfryn Jones
5 Garrisoning the Nation’s Soul: Calvinism, Douglas haig and
Scottish Presbyterian Chaplaincy on the Western Front: David Coulter
6 The Theology of ‘Woodbine Willie’ in Context: Stuart Bell
7 Chaplains in Context: British army Padres and the ‘Bureaucracy of Paternalism’ in the First World War: Gary Sheffield
8 Catholic army Chaplaincy and episcopal Tensions: The Vatican and the appointment of an Episcopus Castrensis: James Hagerty
9 The First World War and the Chaplains of British India: Michael Snape


Details for The Clergy in Khaki

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherAshgate Publishing Group (May 2013)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages224
Thickness14 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4072034
Page last updated 18th May 2018
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