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For the Fatherland? The Motivations of Austrian and Prussian Volunteers during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

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War Volunteering in Modern Times: From the French Revolution to the Second World War, Pages: 40 - 58

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This book chapter examines the motivation for military service in Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in German Central Europe. The chapter argues that contrary to nineteenth-century interpretations of the German and Austrian war effort, patriotism and nationalism were relatively weak factors underpin...

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Published in: War Volunteering in Modern Times: From the French Revolution to the Second World War
Published: Basingstoke Palgrave 2011
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