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War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559$
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Steven Gunn, David Grummitt, and Hans Cools

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207503.001.0001

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War, Subjects, and the State

War, Subjects, and the State

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War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559

Steven Gunn (Contributor Webpage)

David Grummitt (Contributor Webpage)

Hans Cools (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter concludes the discussion of the effects of war in constructing individuals as subjects of the ruler and the state. War increased the princes' claims over their subjects in many ways, but their realization was often partial at best and interacted with other forces for growing state power over individuals, judicial, political, and ideological — sometimes amplifying their effects, sometimes interfering with them. War constrained the subject to serve the state, but also helped make the subject a citizen engaged, however indistinctly, in dialogue with the prince about the aims and effects of war. War drew individuals together in common action and a common identity, but that identity need not be a recognizably national identity. Questions of identity, of the strains of war, and of the limits of princely power were all more complex and acute in the Netherlands than in England.

Keywords:   identity, national identity, social policy, war, princely power

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