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In France the term estable, based on Latin stabulum (“stable”) and Vulgar Latin staplus (related to German Stapel, “pile, batch”), came to denote a staple with a sales monopoly on all kinds of goods. From the mid-15th century on, estappe/étape meant the totality of the food and fodder that had been assembled in a single place to supply the military. After the mid-16th century, this led to an independent system for provisioning the army, closely related to the arrangements for provisioning the general population. 

With the appearance of increasingly large bodies of tr…

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Kroener, Bernhard, “Etappe”, 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 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_018961>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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