Adoption is one of the oldest legal institutions and indicates the artificial creation of a parent-child relationship, which is described as Annahme an Kindesstatt (“accepting in the place of a child”) in the Prussian Allgemeines Landrecht. The legal history of adoption is relatively well known, thanks to the sources available, but a social and cultural history of adoption remains to be written, although adoption has been deep…
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Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy.
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