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Billeting is the accommodation of soldiers in houses of citizens and peasants. The system was imposed with varying degrees of coercion, and was used both in domestic and hostile territory. It predated the standing army that arose after the end of the Thirty Years’ War in 1648. Short-term, ad hoc billeting, as a consequence and phenomenon of war, was common practice in the 16th century and the first half of the 17th. The issue of billeting was subjected to thoroughgoing regulation as troop format…

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Pröve, Ralf, “Billeting”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 20 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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