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The concept of “contributions” (in German, Kontribution from Latin contributio) and the practice of collecting taxes and extracting resources in the early modern period is focused in exemplary fashion on the context of war, the financing of war (War, financing of), and state-building. The etymological connection between contribution and the Latin term tributum (Tribute) itself points to the traditional context of wartime “levies,” which during the wars of th…

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Carl, Horst, “Contribution”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022581>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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