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Standing army
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1. History

The term standing army denotes the specific configuration of the European military system roughly between the mid-17th and mid-19th centuries. This organizational form was closely related to the European process of state formation (see also Staatsbildungskrieg) and in fact is practically symptomatic of that process. Typical characteristics include long-term (sometimes permanent or open-ended) contracts with enlisted soldiers and therefore continued maintenance of the troops even in pea…

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Pröve, Ralf, “Standing army”, 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 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028237>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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