Epilogue: Mercenaries and the Modern Military

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:
Epilogue: Mercenaries and the Modern Military

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This chapter takes a look at revenge tragedy and the representations of mercenaries. It comments on two constructions of the term ‘mercenary’ and shows why the mercenary has become a problematic figure for a number of political ideologies. The chapter concludes that the mercenary represents the ability to break free from bonds, which may be unwelcome constraints or the sustaining ties of social life, and the freedoms that modern states still find hard to contain.

Keywords: revenge tragedy; mercenary; social life; constraints; freedom; political ideologies

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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