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1. Definition

In early modern usage, the term requisition (from Latin requirere, “seek,” “explore,” “demand”) appears in two main contexts.

1) In early modern legal language, requisition means quite generally to explore or investigate something; more specifically, it can also mean a house-to-house search or the requisition of a notary. In the 19th century, it was understood primarily as the request of an agency for legal assistance in a special document (requisitorial document).

2) In a military contex…

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Meumann, Markus, “Requisition”, 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 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026638>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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