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Fighting for a living : a comparative study of military labour 1500-2000 / edited by Erik-Jan Zürcher
ContributorZürcher, Erik Jan
PublishedLeiden : Amsterdam University Press, 2013
DescriptionOnline-Ressource (690 pages)
Description based upon print version of record
SeriesWork around the globe ; 1
Document typeE-Book
KeywordsMilitärwissenschaft / Rekrutierung / Soldat
Fighting for a living [7.11 mb]
Fighting for a Living investigates the circumstances that have produced starkly different systems of recruiting and employing soldiers in different parts of the globe over the last 500 years. It does so on the basis of a wide range of case studies taken from Europe Africa America the Middle East and Asia.The novelty of "Fighting for a Living" is that it is not military history in the traditional sense (concentrating at wars and battles or on military technology) but that it looks at military service and warfare as forms of labour and at the soldiers as workers. Military employment offers excellent opportunities for this kind of international comparison. Where many forms of human activity are restricted by the conditions of nature or the stage of development of a given society organized violence is ubiquitous. Soldiers in one form or another are always part of the picture in any period and in every region. Nevertheless Fighting for a Living is the first study to undertake a systematic comparative analysis of military labour. It therefore speaks to two distinct and normally quite separate communities: that of labour historians and that of military historians. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched
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