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Princes in Disguise: The Myths of Equality and Professionalism

  • Miriam Magdalena SchneiderEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter probes more deeply into the myth of the ‘Sailor Prince’ as a middle-class professional. It examines how both royal education and naval training transformed in the period between approximately 1789 and 1880 by incorporating middle-class ideals and practices such as meritocracy, standardized examinations, or a new focus on modern languages and natural sciences. The chapter traces the four princes’ private journeys of initiation into the masculine, meritocratic world of the navy as well as their career paths through the ranks. And it queries whether the princes were actually able to transcend the barriers of class, adopt the standards of modern professionalism and become true representatives of royal embourgeoisement as popular myth would have it.

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