VOJENSKÁ LITERATÚRA V MEŠTIANSKOM PROSTREDÍ V OBDOBÍ NOVOVEKU
Military literature in the middle class environment in the modern times
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The military topic has always been a point of interest not only of the members of the armed forces themselves but also the military theoreticians who had been publishing scripts with military themes since the ancient times. Always, apart from that, there was also the professional military literature at the level of regulations, exercise rules or practical manuals and guidebooks. What is interesting is that in Modern Times, the military topic also resonated in the non-military environment and has found its fans among the middle class. The author focuses his attention on the reception of book publications with military theme in the non-military environment, concentrating on the private and institutional libraries in Slovakia. Compared to the aristocratic libraries, the books with military themes were logically represented in a much smaller number. However, it is surprising that the middle class libraries did not contain the accessible works of antique authors and were limited to the literally modern, practical works - the townsmen owned various manuals for handling particular weapons (muskets, spears, cutting weapons), works focusing on the contemporary situation in the military science and practice or scripts dedicated to military constructions. The author examined all the middle class libraries containing any works of this type, identifying and analysing in detail the individual works which were often mentioned in the inventory only in form of an incomplete record. He also drew attention to the works dealing with the military topic only partially, such as the works on military health care or spiritual service. In conclusion, he clarified the practical reasons leading the middle class to acquisition of the professional military literature.
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