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Introduction: Mercenary, Contractor, Volunteer, Slave

Simpson Erik

in Mercenaries in British and American Literature, 1790-1830

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780748636440
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651603 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636440.003.0006
Introduction: Mercenary, Contractor, Volunteer, Slave

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This introductory chapter discusses the mercenary, who is described as a foreign fighter. It presents an alternative central point for Atlantic studies on the mercenary and defines mercenary action. The chapter studies mercenary marriages and their consequences, which became standard themes of dramas and novels during the eighteenth century. It ends with a discussion of mercenary writing, which includes a violation of independent security.

Keywords: mercenary; foreign fighter; Atlantic studies; mercenary action; mercenary marriages; mercenary writing; independent security

Chapter.  13979 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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