Aristocratic nation
(937 words)

1. Concept

The term aristocratic nation, found in Polish sources from around the mid-16th century (naród szlachecki), denotes a structural characteristic that was prominent throughout the eastern reaches of Central Europe in the Late Middle Ages and the transition to the early modern period: the unusually high degree of aristocratic influence on the construction of the state. Between 1300 and 1500, as estates-based constitution…

Cite this page
Bahlcke, Joachim, “Aristocratic nation”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 25 February 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

▲   Back to top   ▲