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War Volunteering in Modern Times

From the French Revolution to the Second World War

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  • © 2010


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Exploring volunteering as a characteristic of modern wars, this book examines why individuals go to war. It studies the motivations, social backgrounds and military experiences of war volunteers in a wide range of conflicts since the French Revolution, and helps to interpret the relationship between war and society in modern times.

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Table of contents (15 chapters)


'...offers a hitherto unexplored comparative perspective on war volunteering and thus should be read by anyone who is interested in the modern history of military mobilization.' -Journal of Contemporary History

Editors and Affiliations

  • The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany

    Christine G. Krüger

  • University of Freiburg, Germany

    Sonja Levsen

About the editors

RÜDIGER BERGIEN Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Potsdam, Germany THOMAS HIPPLER Lecturer, Institute for Political Studies, Lyon, France MICHAEL HOCHGESCHWENDER Professor of American History, University of Munich, Germany LEIGHTON S. JAMES Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Swansea, UK AXEL JANSEN Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of History, Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen, Germany JUDITH KEENE Associate Professor in History, University of Sydney, Australia RUTH LEISEROWITZ Associate Professor, University Klaip?ida, Lithuania JEAN-LUC LELEU Research Engineer, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Caen, France XOSÉ-MANOEL NÚÑEZ SEIXAS Professor of Late Modern History, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain STEPHEN M. MILLER Associate Professor of History at the University of Maine, USA FRANSJOHAN PRETORIUS Professor of History, University of Pretoria, South Africa JUTTA SCHWARZKOPF Lecturer in British Studies, Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany MATTHIAS SPEIDEL PhD Candidate, Tübingen Collaborative Research Centre on War and Society in Modern Times, Germany ALEXANDER WATSON British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge, UK

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