Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the British Navy, 1771-1831

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Against the argument that there was greater social diversity among naval officers during the wars of 1793-1815, with promotion increasingly related to professional competence, Cavell's investigation of the social background of around 4,000 'young gentlemen' - the officer recruits who entered the Navy as midshipmen, captains' servants, volunteers or masters' mates - concludes that aristocratic birth became the more important factor in officer selection, particularly after 1815.

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Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the British Navy, 1771-1831

Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the British Navy, 1771-1831

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9781843837190     Product Code: 223118

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Against the argument that there was greater social diversity among naval officers during the wars of 1793-1815, with promotion increasingly related to professional competence, Cavell's investigation of the social background of around 4,000 'young gentlemen' - the officer recruits who entered the Navy as midshipmen, captains' servants, volunteers or masters' mates - concludes that aristocratic birth became the more important factor in officer selection, particularly after 1815.

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