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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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Introduction: Mercenary, Contractor, Volunteer, Slave

Introduction: Mercenary, Contractor, Volunteer, Slave

(p.1) Introduction: Mercenary, Contractor, Volunteer, Slave
Mercenaries in British and American Literature, 1790-1830

Simpson Erik

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the mercenary, who is described as a foreign fighter. It presents an alternative central point for Atlantic studies on the mercenary and defines mercenary action. The chapter studies mercenary marriages and their consequences, which became standard themes of dramas and novels during the eighteenth century. It ends with a discussion of mercenary writing, which includes a violation of independent security.

Keywords:   mercenary, foreign fighter, Atlantic studies, mercenary action, mercenary marriages, mercenary writing, independent security

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