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Motivation in war : the experience of common soldiers in old-regime Europe

Title
Motivation in war : the experience of common soldiers in old-regime Europe / Ilya Berkovich, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
ISBN
9781107167735
1107167736
9781316618103
1316618102
Publication
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Copyright Notice Date
©2017
Physical Description
xii, 280 pages ; 23 cm
Summary
"This book fundamentally revises our notion of why soldiers of the eighteenth century enlisted, served and fought. In contrast to traditional views of the brutal conditions supposedly prevailing in old-regime armies, Ilya Berkovich reveals that soldiers did not regard military discipline as illegitimate or unnecessarily cruel, nor did they perceive themselves as submissive military automatons. Instead he shows how these men embraced a unique corporate identity based on military professionalism, forceful masculinity and hostility toward civilians. These values fostered the notion of individual and collective soldierly honour which helped to create the bonding effect which contributed toward greater combat cohesion. Utilising research on military psychology and combat theory, and employing the letters, diaries and memoirs of around 250 private soldiers and non- commissioned officers from over a dozen different European armies, Motivation in War transforms our understanding of life of the common soldier in early modern Europe."--Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Experience of common soldiers in old-regime Europe
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
May 22, 2017
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Motivation: new research & contemporary sources
Reconsidering desertion in old-regime europe
Discipline and defiance: a reciprocal model
Why they enlisted?
A counter-culture of honour
Networks of loyalty and acceptance
Concluding remarks.
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