Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship - Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection (Hardback)
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Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship - Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection (Hardback)

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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 27/09/2018
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'A scout must always be prepared at any moment to do his duty, and to face danger in order to help his fellow-men.' A startling amalgam of Zulu war-cry and imperial and urban myth, of borrowed tips on health and hygiene, and object lessons in woodcraft, Robert Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys (1908) is the original blueprint and 'self-instructor' of the Boy Scout Movement. One of the all-time bestsellers in the English-speaking world, this primer of 'yarns and pictures' constitutes probably the most influential manual for youth ever published. Yet the book is at the same time a roughly composed hodge-podge of jingoist lore and tracker legend, padded with lengthy quotations from adventure fiction and Baden-Powell's own autobiography, and seamed through with the multiple anxieties of its time: fears of degeneration, concerns about masculinity and self-restraint, invasion paranoia. Elleke Boehmer's edition of Scouting for Boys reprints the original text and illustrations, and her fine introduction investigates a book that has been cited as an authority by militarists and pacifists, capitalists and environmentalists alike.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198799993
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 568 g
Dimensions: 217 x 142 x 39 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
very good fun * Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph *
the value of Elleke Boehmer's well-annotated text of the original edition is to show us the anxieties, contradictions and excitements of the Boy Scout movement at its inception * Alan Hollinghurst, Guardian *
Elleke Boehmer's erudite introduction makes you wish she would get around to writing a full-length biogaphy of the first Chief Scout * William Cook, New Statesman *
this fascinating volume tells us a lot about Baden-Powell, his movement and even to some extent the particular point in time when scouting was born' * Washington Times *
a gripping read * The Oldie *

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