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…
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Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy.
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