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Offices, sale of
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At the beginning of the early modern period, sale of offices, both civil and military, was a widespread phenomenon, since many offices were treated de facto as the disposable property of the incumbent, and the alienation of sovereign rights of all kinds was a popular means of augmenting the state’s revenue, not just in periods of acute fiscal crisis (Public finances). A distinction must be made, however, between the sale of administrative offices by the state itself and sale of offices in…

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Asch, Ronald G., “Offices, sale of”, 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 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016800>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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