Protocols of Medical Examinations for Military Service 1861–1875

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The “Dashing” Conscripts

Until the introduction of general conscription in 1868, the medical examination for military service was extremely inconsistent in the Monarchy. Until then, career officers from the upper classes had mainly led members of poorer sections of the population. This had the effect of militarizing society. The “dashing”, albeit otherwise completely impoverished career officers became bearers of a knightly ideal of masculinity. The barracks, which were built everywhere, were a visible sign in the city. The local authorities were responsible for identifying the persons to be recruited by year of birth.

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Lender: Municipal Archives Graz
Municipal Archives Graz