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Criminal proceedings
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1. Definition and significance

Criminal proceedings are understood here to be judicial proceedings that serve to facilitate dispute resolution or the punishment of deviant behavior. What a given community considered criminal behavior and threatened with sanctions (Criminal offense; Penalty) varied considerably in the early modern period and must always be determined by consulting the prevailing norms of that community (Deviance).

Criminal proceedings may be re…

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Ludwig, Ulrike, “Criminal proceedings”, 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 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028341>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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