|Baker, Ernest Albert. The History of the English
Novel. Vol. VIII (New York: Barnes and Noble; first published 1937):
Baker provides a brief overview of Kingsley's novels, discussing their
major themes and the context of the times in which they were written especially
the period of the Crimean war.
and Political Novel; Crimean War.
Baker, William J. “Charles Kingsley on the Crimean
War: A Study In Chauvinism.” Southern Humanities Review Vol.
IV, No. 3 (Summer 1970): 247-256.
Baker notes that the Crimean War was occurring while Kingsley was writing
Ho!, a war to which he refers over and over in this novel. Numerous
aspects of this later war were similar, he believed, in many respects to
the earlier war with Spain. The chauvinism he consistently displayed
during the Crimean War fostered as well as reflected the chauvinism of
his contemporaries. Moreover, Kingsley who never fought in a war
had a romantic, “boy-like fantasy” view of war (254). While in many
ways, declares Baker, he was liberal, compassionate, a free-thinking cleric,
a supporter of the poor, an advocate for social reform, a critic of the
discriminatory class system, “his liberal sensitivity stopped at the northern
edge of the English Channel”. He combined in a contradictory stance
“an insightful concern for his country's social problems alongside an uncritical
bellicosity toward national foes” (255).
and Political Views.