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State, Aggregation of the Elites and Redistribution of Resources in Sicily in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries: Proposals for a New Interpretation

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This chapter treats the institutions in Sicily that enabled the extraction of resources - that is to say, the administrative organs specifically put in place for this purpose and the principles to which they answered - and also highlight the actors that implemented this, and the accompanying practices and representations. Secondly, it investigates the recurrent tensions and antagonisms between the actors of these institutions, themselves in constant evolution, and the representatives of groups whose habitus, although they too belonged to the field of power, came to contradict the operation of these institutions. The three points that the chapter broaches are closely linked, none preceding the other in the literal sense, all being part of the same genesis of the Sicilian state under construction in the eleventh to twelfth centuries. The elites' access to revenues is derived from land.

Keywords: antagonisms; habitus; recurrent tensions; revenue; Sicilian state



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