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Philippe Contamine

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202141

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202141.001.0001

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The Modern State and Military Society in the Eighteenth Century

The Modern State and Military Society in the Eighteenth Century

(p.195) Chapter 8 The Modern State and Military Society in the Eighteenth Century
War and Competition between States

Bernhard R. Kroener

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the military society in modern European states during the 18th century. It attempts to answer the question whether the early modern state created a military instrument commensurate with its ambitions in the realm of power politics or whether the exigencies of martial rationality militarized the machinery of power in Europe from the 16th century onwards. It suggests that the correlation between the constitution of the state and that of the army, and between the armed forces and society, was an essential characteristic of the rise, maturity, and fall of the early modern state.

Keywords:   military society, Europe, modern state, society, armed forces, army

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