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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse10 Oct 2018 10:27 a.m. PST

…. of Conscription in the Dutch-speaking Part of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège, 1756–1815.

"This study aims to put the introduction of conscription in a new perspective by examining its effects on the careers and backgrounds of professional soldiers. It specifically considers the Dutch-speaking part of the principality of Liège in 1756–1815, and the service records of more than 2,000 men from this area. It argues that soldiers did become more representative for society at large, but this came at the cost of lowering the prestige attached to military service. Conscription effectively undermined the position of professional soldiers, without giving them proper compensation in terms of promotion or financial rewards."

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