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Conscription in the narrower sense means compulsory military service for a few years by young men without exception as a civic duty; it was established in several European countries during the radical change from the 18th to the 19th century. In international debate at that time, the commonest term for this military service was (and still is) the English and French word conscription. In contrast to this narrower sense, the…

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Sikora, Michael, “Conscription”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030136>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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