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Scandalous Conduct: Canadian Officer Courts Martial, 1914-45 (Paperback)

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Drunken disorderliness. Cowardice in battle. Writing bad cheques. Vulgarity. Sexual indecency. Adultery. Following courts martial for such disgraceful behaviour, hundreds of Canadian officers lost their commissions during the First and Second World Wars. Scandalous Conduct investigates the changing definitions that shaped the quintessential honour crime known as "conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman." The dishonour represented a direct challenge to the discredited officer's prestige, livelihood, and sense of manhood. Drawing on fascinating court cases never before studied, Scandalous Conduct concludes that military honour was not a stable concept; instead it depended on social circumstances and disciplinary requirements.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsConstitutional & administrative lawMilitary & defence law Publisher: University of British Columbia Press Publication Date: 01/11/2022 ISBN-13: 9780774867597  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Matthew Barrett is a military historian and a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the Canadian War Museum. His work has appeared in Canadian Military History, the Canadian Journal of History, and Histoire sociale/Social History, and he is the co-author and illustrator of a forthcoming graphic history about the First World War.

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