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The body populace : military statistics and demography in Europe before the First World War

Author: Heinrich Hartmann; Ellen Yutzy Glebe
Publisher: Cambridge : MIT Press, [2019]
Series: Transformations (M.I.T. Press)
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How data gathered from national conscriptions in pre-World War I Europe influenced understandings of population fitness and redefined society as a collective body. In pre-World War I Europe, individual fitness was increasingly related to building and preserving collective society. Army recruitment offered the most important opportunity to screen male citizens' fitness, raising questions of how to define fitness for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Military history
Statistics
Medical statistics
Statistics, Medical
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hartmann, Heinrich, 1977-
Body of a nation
(DLC) 2018013620
(OCoLC)1055566213
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Heinrich Hartmann; Ellen Yutzy Glebe
ISBN: 0262350424 9780262350426
OCLC Number: 1078690857
Description: 1 online resource (280 pages)
Contents: Intro; Contents; Introduction: A History of Knowledge-Military Statistics; The Military Strength of the "Collective Body"; History of the Military as History of Knowledge; The History of Knowledge as a History of Social Constructs; Research Methods and Topics to Be Addressed; Structure; 1 Computing Military Strength: The Development of Recruitment Statistics; Conscription and Demography; How to Count Soldiers: The Best Practices of Recruitment Statistics; A Transnational Trend; National Trends; Divergent Interpretations of Military Strength; Statistics, Media, Audiences Transnational Trends of Nationalized Topoi2 From Pathologies to Topographies: Statistics of Illness within the Military in New Social Contexts; The Military as a Reflection of Society: The Project of Comparing Morbidity Statistics; Modalities of the Transnational: The Ambitious Failure of the Proposal to Collect International Military Medical Statistics; Military Numbers and Social Intervention; Medical Statistics, Geognosy, and the Geographical Distribution of Symptoms; 3 In the Realm of the Experts; Statistical Uncertainties and Complex Procedures of Conscription Objective Criteria and Conflict among Experts: The Professionalization of Military Medical ServicesProfessional Autonomy and Public Interest: The Field of Medicine versus the Discipline of Statistics; 4 Measuring European Soldiers; The Plasticity of Physical Weakness in Scientific and Political Contexts; Creating Indicators; The Circumstances of the Examination of Potential Recruits; Confrontations: Clear Decisions and Social Contexts; Examining Bodies between the Soma and the Psyche: Tests of the Body and of the Intellect 5 New Knowledge Systems: Statistical Knowledge Meets Practice in the Determination of Fitness for Military ServiceThe Individual, Gender, and Nation: Fitness as an Interface of Discourses; The Paramilitary: Training, Practice, and Play; Patterns of Geographic and Social Differentiation; Colonial Fitness: Generalizations about Military Strength Put to the Test; 6 Beyond the Army: Biologistic Frameworks of Interpretation; Inherited Pathologies: The Representation of Social Anxieties and Conscription Statistics; Anthropometrics: Different Measurements of the Recruits; Phenotyping across Nations Analyzing the OmissionsConclusion; Notes; Introduction; 1 Computing Military Strength; 2 From Pathologies to Topographies; 3 In the Realm of the Experts; 4 Measuring European Soldiers; 5 New Knowledge Systems; 6 Beyond the Army; Conclusion; Bibliography; Newspapers and Periodicals; Archives; Index
Series Title: Transformations (M.I.T. Press)
Other Titles: Volkskörper bei der Musterung.
Responsibility: Heinrich Hartmann ; translated by Ellen Yutzy Glebe.

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