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These contractual relationships stemmed from the voluntary contracts between mercenary captains and their soldiers of the previous two centuries. As past mercenaries had, soldiers symbolized and sealed the agreement to serve by the acceptance of a recruitment bounty called Handgeld. In accepting the bounty, the recruit had ‘‘sold his skin’’ and could be thus used for purposes other than the common defense. This legal nicety meant that the Landgraves’ subsidy business remained within acceptable legal practice, for it was a proprietarial rather than an imperial or territorial army that he leased to foreign powers.
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58 The most important aspect of military service justiﬁed in this way was that it was limited to durations of emergency within territorial boundaries and did not amount to a personal obligation of particular individuals. Early on, the basis of military service in the subsidy army caused little diﬃculty because it remained a private law and contractual relationship between the individual soldier and his military overlord. These contractual relationships stemmed from the voluntary contracts between mercenary captains and their soldiers of the previous two centuries.
Agrarian Studies: Synthetic Work at the Cutting Edge by James C. Scott