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From: Lars Jørgen Helbo <>
Subject: Re: [S-H-RTS] Killings in the 1880???
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 10:39:35 +0200
At 00:14 18-08-2000 +0200, M.Lewerenz wrote:
>I would not say they used them as cannon fodder, but I also know from my own
>family that many Schleswig-Holsteiner left their country after the
>danish-prussian/austrian war. While S-H. belonged to Danmark they could
>not becoming a soldier
No, you could not pay to avoid military duty, but you could provide a
substitute. This means if a man did not want to do his military duty, he
could pay somebody else to do it for him. However, for obvious reasons this
was not very common.
Before 1849 conscripts were all men, who were born in peasant families.
This means the sons of noble people, priest and citizens of the cities were
not conscripts. But this means that something like >95% of the population
_were_ conscripts, and many of those, who were not, were rather rich and
therefore probably not very willing to take the job.
After 1849 every young man had to do his military duty.
Therefore I think you can imagine that it would be virtually impossible for
a poor farmer to find and pay such a substitute.
Lars Jørgen Helbo