Stehendes Heer im Ständestaat: Das Zusammenleben von Militär- und Zivilbevölkerung im Fürstbistum Münster 1650-1803

TitleStehendes Heer im Ständestaat: Das Zusammenleben von Militär- und Zivilbevölkerung im Fürstbistum Münster 1650-1803
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsNowosadtko, Jutta
Number of Pages327
PublisherFerdinand Schöningh
CityPaderborn
Abstract

The question of how the military actually functioned in a nonsecular state has received limited attention over many years. In the common perception, the small and mid-sized princedoms of the eighteenth century, especially after the Seven Years War, could draw only on ill-trained "operetta groups." Using the Hochstift of Münster as a case study, Jutta Novosadtko shows that, on the other hand, these troops had many characteristics of a modern army and that their capacities were recognized by those even outside the prince-bishopric. However, the study also draws new conclusions on the "civilian" parts of its subject: the practice of recruiting, the coexistence of soldiers and the civilian population, the special social structures and conditions resulting from this show a close interlinking of the military and society in the early modern era. Critical factors for the entry into the army and for the survival of soldiers' families were the prospect of regular pay and (permitted) sidelines. From a position of secure existence, the supplementary salary significantly improved one's own living conditions and increased the chances of a (limited) social ascent. The standing army in the state also developed into an important element of civil society. [Publisher Description]

Translated TitleThe Standing Army in the Ständestaat: The Coexistence of Military and Civilian Population in the Prince-Bishopric of Münster 1650-1803
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