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Physiocracy
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1. Historical background

Physiocratic political economics (Economy, political) was a French school of political philosophy during the Enlightenment of the mid-18th century. The neologism physiocratie (rule of nature) was derived from Greek physis and kratía. In the 18th century, France was an absolutist monarchy (Absolutism) with mostly agricultural production and a certain am…

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Priddat, Birger P., “Physiocracy”, 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 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025567>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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