<i>Ormond'</i>s Fighters: Authorship, Soldiering, and the Transatlantic Charles Brockden Brown

Simpson Erik

in Mercenaries in British and American Literature, 1790-1830

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780748636440
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651603 | DOI:
Ormond's Fighters: Authorship, Soldiering, and the Transatlantic Charles Brockden Brown

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This chapter studies the transformation of Enlightenment theories of soldiering in the context of the early American Republic and the American Revolution. It tries to determine whether the foundational anti-mercenary ideology of the United States provides an important context for understanding Ormond. The author links the fighting and writing of the characters in order to study the relationships among moral action, money, and the state of the Republic. The chapter then looks at the minor characters of Ormond, who help develop the novel's concern with forms of writing and fighting that are detached from a national authority which would provide necessary reliability or transparency. It also studies the concept of a sourceless conspiracy, which is a destabilizing force created in developing orders, such as Madisonian democracy and Smithian capitalism.

Keywords: Enlightenment; theories of soldiering; American Republic; American Revolution; anti-mercenary ideology; sourceless conspiracy

Chapter.  10279 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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