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Mercenaries in British and American Literature, 1790-1830Writing, Fighting, and Marrying for Money$
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Erik Simpson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748636440

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636440.001.0001

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Epilogue: Mercenaries and the Modern Military

Epilogue: Mercenaries and the Modern Military

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(p.169) Epilogue: Mercenaries and the Modern Military
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Mercenaries in British and American Literature, 1790-1830
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Simpson Erik

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636440.003.0008

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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