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The Mobilisation of Fiscal Resources in the Byzantine Empire (Eighth to Eleventh Centuries)

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This chapter addresses the relative extent of payments in kind, in cash and in service required of the populations, along with its wide range of implications, notably strategic. It concerns how tax was calculated, a crucial point for understanding the impact of taxation on the economy at large. The chapter looks into the nature of tax-assessment units and notably their size, the importance of which has been under-rated. It leads one to consider the relationship between those responsible for and those benefiting from the tax levy. This chapter examines the existing relationship between areas of levy, storage and investment of the fiscal product, this issue being connected with the question of public infrastructures. It examines the period spanning the seventh-century crisis to the beginning of the twelfth century, which constitutes a coherent whole, without foregoing appropriate forays either side of this chronological range.

Keywords: Byzantine Empire; fiscal product; seventh-century crisis; tax-assessment units



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