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The term reclamation denotes the process of reclaiming wetlands for agriculture and settling unused or little-used tracts of land, which began in large areas of Europe in the 17th century. Another aspect of reclamation was the resettlement of farmsteads and villages that had been abandoned over the course of the Thirty Years’ War (Abandoned settlement). This involved a kind of internal development policy, which was closely linked to the process of state formation. In accord with the views of mercantilism and cameralism, the absolutist princes of Europe pursued an economic …

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Gudermann, Rita, “Reclamation”, 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 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_023017>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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