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Slaves in Red Coats: The British West India Regiments, 1795-1815
Buckley's acute analysis shows how the creation of a large body of slave soldiers caused dramatic modifications in the social order. To avoid conflict with police regulations, for example, it was necessary in 1807 for Parliament to manumit 10,000 military slaves by a single act. Slaves in Red Coats is the first systematic analysis of the effect of war on New World slavery.
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Yale University Press
(first published January 1st 1979)
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This book is a great introduction to the formation of the West India Regiments and their establishment as a fundamental part of the British West Indian and West African garrison. Roger Norman Buckley’s study is also an invaluable resource for any student of the British army, as he examines the impact on and relationship between the British establishment and the newly formed West India regiments. It should be on the bookshelf of any student of British military history.