[LMB] CoC Chapter 16 - dangerous duels

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Fri Jun 5 03:09:33 BST 2015


> On Jun 4, 2015, at 7:41 PM, fishman at panix.com wrote:
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>> On Jun 4, 2015, at 20:52, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
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>> The forces against dueling in Western Culture were primarily because losing officers was expensive.    A long period of war will result in soldiers being punished for dueling.    
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> Up until quite recently (like twentieth century) most officers bought their commissions rather than being graduates of military schools. Even in the U.S. officers were elected in their companies, which is another description of purchasing commissions.


Which may have delayed this change.   It’s still expensive.

Here’s an interesting analysis about the cost/benefit of purchasing commissions:

http://www.sfu.ca/~allen/armyjls.pdf




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