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This chapter aims to provide a vehicle for rapidly evolving theories on the crucial relationship between entrepreneurs, military finance and supply on the one hand, and the state in later medieval and early modern Europe on the other. The idea evolved out of a conference entitled 'War, the State, and Entrepreneurs in Early Modern Europe', hosted by the Royal Flemish Academy in Brussels on 1-2 December 2011. There it became apparent that most of the presenters had an impression that the historiographical zeitgeist was in a state of flux, and that new ideas regarding the relationship between public and private, war and finance, and regarding the boundaries of the state itself, were being put forward, with the figure of the military entrepreneur serving as a fruitful nexus of many critical axes of power during the early modern state-forming process.

Keywords: Brussels; early modern Europe; military entrepreneur; military finance; Royal Flemish Academy



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