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Magnanimous Dukes and Rising StatesThe Unification of the Burgundian Netherlands, 1380-1480$
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Robert Stein

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757108.001.0001

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The Financial Organization

The Financial Organization

(p.185) 7 The Financial Organization
Magnanimous Dukes and Rising States

Robert Stein

Oxford University Press

When the dukes of Burgundy acceded to the throne of the provinces in the Netherlands in the 1420s, 1430s, and 1440s, the prospects did not inspire any great confidence. They inherited from their distant family bankrupt estates. Within a few decades, a financial structure was in place that exhibited a degree of stability and that apparently represented a reasonable reflection of the power relations and financial interests. The administration was well ordered; there was control over the submission of finances and most domains generated much greater revenues than half a century previously. Moreover, there was a stable currency that was the basis for increasing prosperity. The audit offices played a crucial role in this process. These introduced a new administrative culture among the financial officers, the receivers, the bailiffs, the toll collectors, and all those who were required to submit their accounts to be audited.

Keywords:   financial reform, bureaucracy, accountability, account offices, Chambres des Comptes, receiver of all finances, tresorier, receiver, public finances

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