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Soldier trade
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1. Overview

For their armies and navies, early modern states as a rule depended on recruiting (Recruitment) paid professional soldiers, not conscripts (see also Advertising; Army reforms). Experiments with conscription were no more than hesitant before the French Revolution and Napoleon. Only French successes with this system (Levée en masse) inspired European states (with the notable exception of Britain and the European colonial armies) to introduce universal military conscription in the early 19th cent…

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Lucassen, Jan, Lucassen, Leo and Sikora, Michael, “Soldier trade”, 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 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027626>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208



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