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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 Taxes

The Taxes

(p.226) 8 The Taxes
Magnanimous Dukes and Rising States

Robert Stein

Oxford University Press

One of the main achievements of the Burgundian government was the introduction of a regular taxation in all of their principalities. This resulted in three important changes. Firstly, taxes became an indispensable source of income to the dukes of Burgundy. Secondly, they resulted in a far greater financial, institutional, and emotional involvement of the subjects. Thirdly, the growing dependence on the capital of the subjects forced the government to make concessions, especially to the economical and political elites in the powerful towns. In exchange these asked monetary stability, judicial sovereignty, and territorial integrity. Regular taxation therefore resulted in the continuation of the character of the Burgundian lands as a composite monarchy.

Keywords:   taxation, public finances, concessions, representation, States-General, negotiations

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