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1485Brigandage  
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  • Category of actions by organized armed groups of the countryside aiming at plundering goods and acquiring material gains (e.g. through ransom money). Brigandage is connected to upheavals in life conditions (e.g. war), to radical changes in the relationship of the population with state power (e.g. the emergence of the nation-state), as well as to local economic and cultural factors (stockbreeding economy, perceptions of honour). Brigandage may be an action of resistance, an effort to overcome poverty, or an attempt to impose economic and social control; it may also be embedded in wider power networks. The approaches and definitions of brigandage by contemporaries and subsequent generations differ and vary from idealization to demonization, constituting thus distinct interpretations of power relations and of the legitimation of violence.
SOURCE
  • Sant Cassia 2001
CONTRIBUTOR
  • Katsiadakis Helen (AA)
CREATOR
  • Tzedopoulos Giorgos (AA)
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https://humanitiesthesaurus.academyofathens.gr/dyas-resource/Concept/1485
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