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Derek J. Penslar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691138879

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691138879.001.0001

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The Military as a Jewish Occupation

The Military as a Jewish Occupation

(p.83) Chapter Three The Military as a Jewish Occupation
Jews and the Military

Derek J. Penslar

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the social background of Jewish military officers, the financial implications of a military career upon marriage and the formation of broader social networks, and the interplay between finance and social capital in a family that could boast of one or more army officers. It also compares the high rates of Jewish military careerism in France, Italy, and Austria-Hungary with much lower rates in the post-Civil War United States and in the United Kingdom. This disparity suggests that Jewish military careerism was linked not only to levels of emancipation but also to the prestige of a military career in each national culture. The chapter then uses the life stories of Jewish soldiers to throw new light on the relationship between Jews, the military, and the broader societies in which they lived.

Keywords:   Jewish military officers, military career, Jewish military careerism, Jewish emancipation, Jewish soldiers

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