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Brandschatzung

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Author(s): Carl, Horst
Brandschatzung is a contribution paid to the enemy to prevent his destroying a village or town by fire”—so reads Zedler’s Großes Lexikon, defining the relationship between warfare and extortion that was characteristic of European warfare in the late Middle Ages and early modern period. The German word, which graphically combines the threat (fire) and the purpose (money) [2], has no equivalent in English or French, but this method of extorting money was common practice in European war zones during the first part of the early modern period [5]. In the 17th century, the term inc…
Date: 2019-10-14

Council of state

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Author(s): Carl, Horst
1. Definition and development Council of state denotes a supreme central governmental council that was becoming established in European states in the early modern period. A common feature of such councils was their collegial structure, whereas there was a broad spectrum of difference in regard to their competencies and degrees of separation from other council committees (e.g. the Privy council). All councils of state, however, functioned as the supreme advisory council to the r…
Date: 2019-10-14
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