1. Great response thanks. It has gotten me thinking further about the shift in western society to individualism and how that affects entering a military (Dulce et Decorum est as lampooned by Wilfred Owen). Does the military have to essentially destroy that sense of individualism? How would that affect soldiers post-service? And then my mind shifted to early individualism and how collectivism might have broken down as a town grows — at the same time as work specialisation would rely on there being a community to support it. I wonder if chieftains would have top down required the common folk to do certain tasks, or if it would have been a more organic (almost capitalist) approach.
    Why is my head doing this to me? I’m planning a story with a fantasy bent with elements from ninth to eleventh century Anglo-Saxon and Viking/Danelaw cultures.

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