The Organization of Military Veterans
After outlining the development of military conscription in the Habsburg army and provision for military invalids, this chapter focuses on the core subject of this book, namely military veterans’ associations. In the Austrian half of the Dual Monarchy, military veterans’ associations expanded rapidly in the last third of the nineteenth century, thereby constituting a vital area where military and civilian spheres intersected. The early impetus towards the creation of these groups came very much from below. The growth of a veterans’ movement constituted an important phase in the politicization of the lower-middle and lower classes, particularly in smaller market towns, villages, and rural areas.
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