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Ethnic Armies

Polyethnic Armed Forces from the Time of the Habsburgs to the Age of the Superpowers

N.F. Dreisziger, editor

Hardcover 208 pp.

ISBN13: 978-0-88920-993-0

Release Date: December 1990

Online discount: 25%

$85.00  $63.75


Paper 208 pp.

ISBN13: 978-1-55458-463-5

Release Date: December 1990

Online discount: 25%

$48.99  $36.74


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Ethnic Armies is a combination of essays focused on the subject of polyethnic armed forces from the time of the Habsburgs to the age of the superpowers and is a publication of the proceedings of the thirteenth Military History Symposium, held at the Royal Military College of Canada in March 1986.

Multi-ethnic armed forces have existed since ancient times. The armies of the ancient empires of the Middle East, of the Roman Emperors, and the Mongol Khans, all tended to be conglomerations of diverse ethnic, religious, or racial groups. A fundamental reason for their existence in the past and present is that nations, from their earliest beginnings, tended to be polyethnic. The phenomenon of polyethnic armed forces is a complex one, however, and it is examined throughout this book by its contributors.

Nándor F. Dreisziger is a professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada. He is the author of Hungary’s Way to World War II and Struggle and Hope: The Hungarian-Canadian Experience, as well as of articles in the Journal of Modern History, the Canadian Historical Papers, East European Quarterly, and other scholarly journals.


“Achieves a unity of theme and a generally high quality of presentation. It is certainly full of relevance in a world where nationalism appears to be the chief beneficiary of the end of bipolarity.”

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Ethnic Armies

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