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Aristocrats enjoyed tax breaks, including outright exemption, and dominance over political and military offices. Such privileges were important both materially and symbolically. With the waning of the Middle Ages, aristocrats evolved from individualistic fighting knights into officers who served their rulers by leading troops composed of lower-class combatants. Military service nevertheless remained the fundamental justification for the privileges and powers aristocrats enjoyed.

Thus, both interest and self-image led the nobility to clamor for military service. Across Europe aristocrats saw themselves as the repositories of military prowess and sacrifice. Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm I — required the sons of his aristocracy to man his officer corps, and they came to see it as their natural place. The Prussian monarchy rewarded those who served with status and gave them preference of posts. Paramount among the aristocratic traits embraced and amplified by the community of officers was honor, which inspired them to follow a military life for its own sake, as opposed to fighting for some great cause.

All of these have obvious relevance to military performance, but for Montesquieu, a noble himself, honor was not simply a professional attribute but a standard to which individuals of aristocratic upbringing adhered. The honor-based value system cherished by aristocratic European officers gave them a shared point of reference. It also led officers to regard the enlisted men who served under them as fundamentally different from, and inferior to, their commanders, who considered the common soldier a man without honor.

Accordingly, since the rank and file lacked honor and ambition, only discipline could compel them to behave as they should in battle. That sense of a difference between officers and men even shaped the rigidly linear tactical system employed by European armies. During the 18th century, infantry troops regularly fought in two- to four-rank formations, with men marching erect on the offensive and standing or kneeling on the defensive.

Many historians explain this formation by appealing to the limitations of the smoothbore musket of the day, insisting that its relative inaccuracy and slow rate of fire demanded an infantry battalion stand shoulder to shoulder to deliver the most effective fire. There is certainly some truth to this, but it is worth noting that when the French started to employ skirmishers en masse during the wars of the French Revolution, these men, who sought individual cover and chose their own targets, were armed with the same smoothbore weapons employed earlier by linear infantry.

Thus, technology alone did not require the stiff and exposed lines common to 18th century battles. Another critical reason officers formed their ranks in linear array on open ground was that the officers believed they must constantly supervise their men—again, because the common soldier lacked honor. Perhaps the most wide-ranging, though subtle, impact of a cosmopolitan officer corps—one composed of men who cared more about the process of war than its product—was the more moderate and restrained character of warfare in the century preceding the French Revolution.

To call this a period of limited warfare does not mean wars were infrequent; opposing armies fought several major wars.


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Nor were battles anything but bloody. Rather, there was a civility in warfare expressed by relative consideration for civilian populations, humane treatment of prisoners of war, civility between enemies and other formal flourishes, such as honorable surrender. A leading proponent of limited warfare was Swiss political philosopher Emer Vattel, whose The Law of Nations is a classic of juristic literature on the law of war.

This is so plain a maxim of justice and humanity that at present every nation in the least degree civilized acquiesces in it. At present the European nations generally carry on their wars with great moderation and generosity. These dispositions have given rise to several customs which are highly commendable and frequently carried to the extreme of politeness. British officers reportedly doffed their hats in salute to their French counterparts, who returned the courtesy. Then Lord Charles Hay advanced before his regiment and gallantly invited the French guards to fire first.

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