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Cinq cents ans de contrôle royal sur les produits agricoles tributaires d’Aksum

Abstract : During the medieval and early modern period in Ethiopia, land charters – documents produced by officials to administer agricultural land – have little to say about the practical issues of resource management. These highly codified legal texts focus above all on regulating access to land rights. This paper analyses an unconventional document that is much more pragmatic and therefore partly counterbalances the silence of sources on the natural and agrarian environment. A long list describes the taxes (paid in cereals and beans, honey, cotton cloth and edible oil) due from farmers in the agricultural plains surrounding Aksum, the holy city in northern Ethiopia. This analysis of the royal prescription on taxes also helps clarify how complex political structures shape territories and agricultural practices over the very long term (15th-20th centuries).
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Anaïs Wion. Cinq cents ans de contrôle royal sur les produits agricoles tributaires d’Aksum. Etudes rurales, Paris: Éditions de l'École pratique des hautes études, 2016, Pour une histoire environnementale de l'Éthiopie, 197, pp.49-72. ⟨halshs-01362260⟩



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