It was somewhat slow, formal, elaborate, and indecisive. The enlisted ranks of armies and navies were filled with men considered economically useless. Soldiers were a class apart, enlisted for long terms, paid wages, professional in their outlook, and highly trained. Lived in barracks and dressed in bright uniforms. Weapons were not destructive. Soldiers fought for pay. Generals hesitated to risk
their troops. Strategy was to find the best and most advantageous position, like chess. Little national feeling. War was between governments. Civilians were little affected. War was harmless. Lots of peace treaties.