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Author Schwoerer, Lois G., author.

Title Gun culture in early modern England / Lois G. Schwoerer.

Published Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2016.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource
Series Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Interrogating early modern English gun culture -- Re-creating and developing a gun industry -- Economic opportunities for men and women -- Regulating domestic guns with "good and politic statutes" -- Domestic gun licenses issued "as if under the Great Seal" -- Military service : a pathway to guns -- London : the gun capital of England -- "Newfangled and wanton pleasure" in the many lives of men -- Guns : a challenge to the feminine ideal? -- Guns and child's play -- An individual right to arms? : the Bill of Rights -- Conclusion: Defining gun culture in early modern England -- Appendix A: What is a gun? -- Appendix B: Naming the gun.
Summary "This volume identifies, describes, and analyses early modern England's gun culture. It explains how guns became available to men, women, and children of all social standings, how subjects responded to guns, how firearms changed their lives, how the government reacted to civilians possessing guns, and the role of guns in the settlement of the Revolution of 1688-89. Elite men used guns for hunting, target-shooting, and protection. They collected guns and included them in portraits and coats-of-arms, regarding firearms as a mark of status, power, and sophistication. Unlike their European counterparts, English ladies did not embrace the gun in hunting and target shooting, but they used them in the Civil Wars and in acts of violence. Little boys, across the social spectrum, played with toy guns. The government denied firearms to subjects with an annual income under £100--about 98 percent of the population, which showed resentment by grudging acceptance to willful disobedience. They used guns to hunt for food, not sport, and saw no crime in poaching. The gun industry contributed to the economy. The Ordnance Office, the government's department charged with military matters, employed aristocrats as officers, men of middling status as master gunners, and plebeian men and women, mostly widows, to make and repair guns. Guns were featured in the 1689 Bill of Rights, but it did not, as some scholars aver, grant individual Protestants a right to bear arms. So it cannot be cited to support the claim that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution conveys such a right as an Anglo-American legacy"--Provided by publisher.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Firearms -- Social aspects -- England -- History.
Firearms -- Political aspects -- England -- History.
Firearms industry and trade -- England -- History.
Great Britain -- Social conditions.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1485-1603.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1603-1714.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780813938592 (electronic bk.)
0813938597 (electronic bk.)
9780813938608 (electronic bk.)
0813938600 (electronic bk.)