A World History of Tax Rebellions: An Encyclopedia of Tax by David F. Burg

By David F. Burg

An international heritage of Tax Rebellions is an exhaustive reference resource for over 4,300 years of riots, rebellions, protests, and battle brought on via abusive taxation and tax gathering platforms around the globe. all the chronologically prepared entries makes a speciality of a selected ancient occasion, interpreting its roots, and socio-economic context.

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During the ninth and tenth centuries. Islamic governments in the Near East maintained the circulation of money by arbitrarily imposing fines on the wealthy, and it was by means of this expedient that the governments collected money greatly needed for their own expenditures. The caliphal government was especially given to this means of raising funds because of its continuous deficits. Consequently, levying fines—known as al-musadara—became a permanent system in the Islamic states. Through the confiscations of the al-musadara system, large quantities of money in the coffers of wealthy men were returned to circulation.

The flight from the land had two significant effects for the Empire: declines in agricultural production and shortfalls in revenues from land taxes. Flight also had major impact on the Roman magisterial class, according to Susan Raven. Since senators were exempt from taxes, the burden of collection fell upon the middle classes, which provided the magistrates, a class known as the curiales, for the cities. Being a member of the curiales had been considered an honor for which citizens happily paid entrance fees and annual fees, but as early as the second century AD the curiales’ status had become both an obligation and a burden.

Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991. Cho-yun Hsu, Han Agriculture, ed. Dull. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1980. Jones, The Later Roman Empire, 284–602, vol. 2. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1964. Susan Raven, Rome in Africa, new ed. London and New York: Longman, 1984. Tax Farming, a system of tax collection common in antiquity that frequently resulted in excessive levies by the collecting agent. Tax farming was widespread as an alternative to creating a government agency or bureaucracy with the responsibility for collecting taxes.

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