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Military
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1. Terminology

1.1. Roots in Antiquity

The lexical field of military goes back to the various codifications of Roman military law, as preserved, for example, in the fragmentary De re militari (“On Warfare”; 1st century BCE) of Lucius Cincius. Far more significant for the development of warfare in the West was the Epitome rei militaris (“Outline of Warfare”; ca. 390) of Vegetius Renatus; some 150 manuscripts of this text survive, written between the 10th and 15th centuries [16]. The first Italia…

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Kroener, Bernhard, “Military”, 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 15 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024080>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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