A military contractor, generally known in the early modern period by the French term entrepreneur, was in the strict sense a private entrepreneur (or a capital company) whose business was to obtain and/or produce foodstuffs, weaponry, and equipment for a (standing) army (Military). However, the term entrepreneurs was also used in the 17th and 18th century to refer to contractors involved on behalf of territorial rulers or municipalities in fortification  and (especially in France from the early 18th century) the construction of barracks.
Certain towns and regions by the…
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“Military contractor”, 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 28 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_020765>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128