Murray, Williamson
January 1996
Reader's Companion to Military History;1996, p475
Book Chapter
Military institutions have depended on tradition to inculcate a sense of pride in individual soldiers and to encourage them to do their utmost on the field of battle. From start to finish, Spartan military training emphasized the tradition that the Spartan soldier either came home with his shield or on it. Non-Western, premodern armies often relied upon strong traditions to inculcate military virtues and inspire men to fight bravely in battle. In the Middle Ages heraldry represented the embodiment of family traditions based on warrior nobility. By the beginning of the eighteenth century, armies had evolved into recognizable form based on strong military traditions.


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