The Comparative Study of Conscription in the Armed Forces

TitleThe Comparative Study of Conscription in the Armed Forces
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsMjøset, Lars, and Stephen Van Holde
Number of Pages424

This volume contributes to the comparative study of military conscription. Issues discussed include: a conceptual clarification of conscription as distinguished from volunteerism and militia service; the emergence of the citizen soldier model; patterns of anti-militarism before World War I; conscription in third world armies; gender-issues in relation to military service; the present phenomenon of child soldiers in Africa; the decline of conscript armies in Western Europe. A review section discusses the contribution of rational choice theory to the analysis of conscription into military forces. [publisher]

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