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Military Culture and Popular Patriotism in Late Imperial Austria$
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Laurence Cole

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199672042

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672042.001.0001

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Popularizing Patriotism

Popularizing Patriotism

The Organization of Military Veterans

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(p.108) 3 Popularizing Patriotism
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Military Culture and Popular Patriotism in Late Imperial Austria
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Laurence Cole

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672042.003.0004

After outlining the development of military conscription in the Habsburg army and provision for military invalids, this chapter focuses on the core subject of this book, namely military veterans’ associations. In the Austrian half of the Dual Monarchy, military veterans’ associations expanded rapidly in the last third of the nineteenth century, thereby constituting a vital area where military and civilian spheres intersected. The early impetus towards the creation of these groups came very much from below. The growth of a veterans’ movement constituted an important phase in the politicization of the lower-middle and lower classes, particularly in smaller market towns, villages, and rural areas.

Keywords:   military veterans, imperial Austria, conscription, Habsburg army, mass politicization

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