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War and Competition between States$
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Philippe Contamine

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202141

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202141.001.0001

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The Growth of State Control. Practices of War, 1300–1800: Ransom and Booty

The Growth of State Control. Practices of War, 1300–1800: Ransom and Booty

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War and Competition between States
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Philippe Contamine

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202141.003.0007

This chapter examines the growth of state control and the war practices of ransom and booty in Europe during the period from 1300 to 1800, focusing on the case of France. It describes the evolution of norms and practices relating to ransoms and spoils in the context of warfare. States began to take control of regulated and integrated military machinery for reasons of efficiency and humanity. This development led to the military society becoming a perfect, complete, or model society.

Keywords:   war practices, ransom, booty, state control, military society, France

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