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Council of state
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1. Definition and development

Council of state denotes a supreme central governmental council that was becoming established in European states in the early modern period. A common feature of such councils was their collegial structure, whereas there was a broad spectrum of difference in regard to their competencies and degrees of separation from other council committees (e.g. the Privy council). All councils of state, however, functioned as the supre…

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Carl, Horst, “Council of state”, 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 30 November 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027974>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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