Goats Mingling with Sheep? Professionalisation, Personalities, and Partnerships between British Civil and Military Engineers, c.1837-1939

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Abstract

This article explores the entangled history of civil and military engineering from 1837 to 1939. Typically characterised in the historiography as a relationship marked by neglect and intransigence, the article reveals a longstanding kinship between the two professions, built on the firm foundations of mutual interest and respect. Charting the formal and informal links between civil and military engineering in terms of knowledge, recruitment, and education, this article argues that the relationship, while often characterised by tensions and disagreements, represented a process of re-negotiation and renewal to meet new challenges and altered contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-285
Number of pages18
JournalWar and Society
Volume38
Issue number4
Early online date25 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • British Army
  • civil engineering
  • civil–military relations
  • knowledge transfer
  • Royal Engineers

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