Soldaten im 18. Jahrhundert zwischen Friedensalltag und Kriegserfahrung: Lebenswelten und Kultur in der kursächsischen Armee 1728-1796

TitleSoldaten im 18. Jahrhundert zwischen Friedensalltag und Kriegserfahrung: Lebenswelten und Kultur in der kursächsischen Armee 1728-1796
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsKroll, Stefan
Number of Pages654
PublisherSchöningh Paderborn
CityPaderborn
Abstract

This book is the first to portray the lifeworlds of under-officers and rank-and-file soldiers of the large army of the 'Old Kingdom' in the 18th century. Drawing on the example of Kursach, the author examines everyday life in peacetime as well as experiences of war. The author examines recruitment and garrison service; the experience, interpretation and processing of violence, captivity, illness and wounding; and the everyday life of soldiers. The economic situation as well as the problem of desertion are the major themes of the work. It combines emblematic questions of classical social history with those of modern historical research. In this case, the military population is not regarded as an isolated segment, but rather its place in society is explored. Beyond the social situation, the author also focuses on the spiritual-mental reality of the "common people" of the army. How did the soldier himself behave? How did his comrades see him, his superiors, his relatives, and his quarters? Likewise, the book considers how soldiers were pictured by writers who, especially in the second half of the 18th century, particularly concerned themselves with the existence of soldiers .

Translated TitleSoldiers in the 18th Century Experiencing Peace and War: Living Worlds and Culture in the Saxon Army, 1728-1796
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