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Military contractor
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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 [1] and (especially in France from the early 18th century) the construction of barracks.

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Meumann, Markus, “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



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