Fighting for a living a comparative study of military labour by Erik-Jan Zürcher

By Erik-Jan Zürcher

Though scuffling with is obviously exertions, historians haven't paid a lot realization to war and armed forces carrier as varieties of exertions. This assortment does simply that, bringing jointly the often disparate fields of army and hard work heritage. The contributors—including Robert Johnson, Frank Tallett, and Gilles Veinstein—undertake the 1st systematic comparative research of army exertions throughout Europe, Africa, the United States, the center East, and Asia. In doing so, they discover the conditions that experience produced starkly diversified structures of recruiting and making use of infantrymen in several elements of the globe during the last years.

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19 As noted above, however, the state put them to use in a variety of ways. For Wu Han and others, corruption again eroded whatever military advantages the hired troops offered. Part of the problem was that men signed up, received their bonuses, and fled as soon as possible. Officials at the time claimed that some men did this on a serial basis. At the same time, hired troops expected to be paid on time and did not hesitate to riot when the state failed to fulfill its obligations. As the dynasty’s fiscal conditions worsened in the early seventeenth century, wages were frequently in arrears.

3 He divided the population into dozens of categories – saltern households, mining households, and farming households, to name just a few. 4 Military households were among the largest of such categories. 5 The imperial army in general and military households in particular were intended to be self-replicating and self-supporting. Each household was responsible for providing one active service member to the state at all times instead of the standard corvée and/or tax obligations rendered by other subjects.

Whatever the definition, it seems to be the case that courts and states historically are looking for the army that is most effective on the battlefield at the lowest possible cost (that even this lowest possible cost can still be crippling to state and society alike is another matter). However, there can be a huge difference between the immediate costs and the long-term financial burden: both early seventeenth-century mercenaries and early twenty-first-century contractors have been expensive in the short run, but they were and are easily dismissed at the end of the conflict, while standing state commission armies were a continuous drain on the treasury and the modern all-volunteer forces bring with them huge long-term obligations to the soldiers and their families.

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