Conscription
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Conscription

A state’s compulsory enlistment of its citizens for military service.

Conscription in the modern sense arose during the French Revolution. The new state, founded on the will of the people, demanded military service from its citizens. This enabled the state to expand its armed forces enormously, and to intensify its military activities accordingly. European monarchies too had to resort to this means of raising an army, if they wished to assert themselves militarily against France. Once Napoleon…

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Storz, Dieter, “Conscription”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 21 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0138>
First published online: 2015



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