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Military enterpriser
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1. Concept

In important respects, warfare in the 16th and 17th centuries still had characteristics predating centralized state government. Soldiers were not recruited, equipped, and paid by officers of the ruler beholden to his orders, but by military enterprisers, relatively autonomous mercenary leaders who had enough capital (or credit) and prestige to raise troops on their own account (Recruitment). Their forces were usually single units of the or…

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Asch, Ronald G., “Military enterpriser”, 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 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022785>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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