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Constitution
(6,856 words)

1. Terminology

1.1. Verfassung

The German word Verfassung (the modern German term for “constitution”) first appears with a specific political-legal sense around 1800. It is derived from a medieval root that had general legal implications: a Verfassu…

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Brauneder, Wilhelm, “Constitution”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029538>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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