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They hoped that they would ultimately find themselves in a position to compare these interrelations at various times in the past in order to define the longterm patterns that have existed in the same region under a variety of political and economic systems, both those that developed internally and those that were externally imposed. Their own projectwas not unusual in casting a broad net over the past and defining such ambitious goals. The term "diachronic"has come to be chanted as a mantra so commonplace that it may be assumed, if it is not expressed.

In order to gather documentary evidence, we needed to bring new members to the PRAP team. Susan E. '9 Her expeditions have provided us with a rich documentary record for the Ottoman occupation of the Morea. These individuals were consequently obligated to provide military service to the state. The texts also contain valuable information concerning a newer system in which rights to collect income from particularlands were sold at auction as tax-farms, and about the process of transition between the two systems that occurred in the 18th century.

13 Based on these cadastral sources, they have shown that the population of the Morea increased from 20,000 to about 30,000 households between 1461 and 1488 (a 50% increase) and that more than 30 percent of this population was of Albanian origin. i' Beldiceanu and Beldiceanu-Steinherr concluded that the fiscal burden on the peasantry during early Ottoman rule was lighter than it had been under either the Venetian or the Byzantine feudal systems. Lowry's study of the island of Limnos during the first decades of Ottoman rule produced similar conclusions.

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