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Constitution of territorial estates
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1. Relevance in general constitutional history

The concept of the constitution of territorial estates (German Landständische Verfassung) encompasses the coexistence of territorial estates (Landstände) with the territorial ruler as fellow agents or, at least to a modest degree, fellow framers of territorial sovereignty, and thus applies to the context of the Holy Roman Empire. This general form of constitution, however, comprising a monarch and the estates o…

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Brauneder, Wilhelm, “Constitution of territorial estates”, 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 25 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023090>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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