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County seat
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The urban typology of the county seat (German: Amtsstadt) is defined primarily by its central administrative functions. Such cities are characterized by their significance as the seat of an administrative office; such offices appeared in all central European territorial states at the lower and middle administrative levels from the 14th century on. Although non-urban seats of office (fortresses) are still encountered in areas with few cities in the early modern period, it was the rule in broad stretche…

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Keller, Katrin, “County seat”, 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 26 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_016805>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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