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1. Definition and background

The word statistics derives ultimately from Italian statista (statesman) via the Latin adjective statisticus. In the 16th century, when the combination of political economy (Economy), the estates of the realm, the tax system, government, and the military gradually turned princely states into feudal-absolutist financial statesratio status – a term that initially meant the balance sheet of the state, …

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Gierl, Martin, Behrisch, Lars and Ehmer, Josef, “Statistics”, 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 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028215>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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