Scouts down under: Scouting, militarism and "manliness" in Australia, 1908-1920

Crotty, Martin (2009). Scouts down under: Scouting, militarism and "manliness" in Australia, 1908-1920. In Nelson R. Block and Tammy M. Proctor (Ed.), Scouting frontiers: Youth and the Scout movement's first century (pp. 74-88) Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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Author Crotty, Martin
Title of chapter Scouts down under: Scouting, militarism and "manliness" in Australia, 1908-1920
Title of book Scouting frontiers: Youth and the Scout movement's first century
Place of Publication Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 1443804509
Editor Nelson R. Block
Tammy M. Proctor
Chapter number 6
Start page 74
End page 88
Total pages 15
Total chapters 14
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subjects B1
Abstract/Summary There is now an excellent literature on the beginnings of Scouting in Britain in particular, including the controversies and divisions that the new organization endured over the question of militarism. Historians have ardently debated whether or not, and to what extent, Scouting was a movement defined by militaristic goals. Was it, as some have suggested, part of a general move towards ensuring that the nation's young men were ready for war? Or was it, as others have argued, defined by more generalized concepts of character training tor future citizens? The importance of the question is, however, limited in the British context. The question of militarism relates to the character of the movement but has not been regarded by historians as crucial to explaining the movement's fortunes for the simple reason that, the occasional breakaway notwithstanding, Scouting was never seriously threatened by militarism. Scouting flirted with, but was never absorbed into, British military training schemes. Moreover, because Britain never adopted a compulsory cadet scheme in the lead up to World War I, Scouting's leaders did not seriously have to wrestle with the issue of whether it would be best, on the one hand, to attempt to differentiate the movement more clearly from military training, or, on the other, to fold Scouting into more fomml military training schemes. The Tenitorials, cadets and the Scouts were able to coexist relatively harmoniously. [Introduction extract]
Q-Index Code B1
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