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Scandalous Conduct: Canadian Officer Courts Martial, 1914–45 (Studies in Canadian Military History) (Paperback)

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A critical perspective on the ideas of honor and dishonor in the Canadian military.

Drunken disorderliness. Cowardice in battle. Sexual indecency. Following court-martials for disgraceful deeds, hundreds of Canadian officers lost their commissions during the First and Second World Wars. Scandalous Conduct investigates the forgotten experiences of these dismissed ex-officers to offer a new critical perspective on constructed notions of honor and dishonor. Matthew Barrett explores how changing definitions of scandalous behavior shaped the quintessential honor crime known as “conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.” Symbolized by the loss of commissioned rank, dishonor represented a direct challenge to the discredited officer's prestige, livelihood, and sense of manhood. Drawing on fascinating court cases, Scandalous Conduct demonstrates the instability of the ideal of military honor, dependent as it was on changing social circumstances and disciplinary requirements.

About the Author

Matthew Barrett is a military historian and postdoctoral fellow at the Canadian War Museum.

Praise For…

Scandalous Conduct surveys a wide body of previously unseen evidence on court-martialed officers in the Canadian armed forces. It is a fine piece of scholarship.”
— Teresa Iacobelli, author of Death or Deliverance: Canadian Courts-Martial in the Great War
Product Details
ISBN: 9780774867597
ISBN-10: 0774867590
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication Date: August 29th, 2022
Pages: 276
Series: Studies in Canadian Military History