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      The Birth and Death of Taxes: A Hypothesis

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      The Journal of Economic History
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          Tax systems in England, France, Spain, and Venice are regarded as providing payments from subjects to governments for protection against foreign and domestic threats. In each developing state, the supply and demand for protection at the time of the tax system's origin determined the long-term character of taxation. Only where taxes arose in an environment of exceptionally long wars did subjects forfeit their right to control levies. Groups having close substitutes available for central government paid non-extortionate taxes. Collusion in the supply of protection led to noble tax privileges. Once created, taxes survived as long as the government itself.

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                The Journal of Economic History
                J. Eco. History
                Cambridge University Press (CUP)
                0022-0507
                1471-6372
                March 1977
                May 11 2010
                : 37
                : 01
                : 161-178
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                10.1017/S0022050700096807
                bbe7bf34-5234-475b-9d82-be507a59d847
                © 2010

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