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The term curiae is an academic technical term for a concept of order used to describe a central structural feature of the estatist process of decision-making (Estates of the realm). Otto Hintze was probably responsible for the broad acceptance of the term. In his effort to work out a “typology of the estatist constitutions of the West,” in 1930 he made a distinction between the so-called tricameral system (three chambers or curiae) and the bicameral system (two chambers or curiae) [4].


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Haug-Moritz, Gabriele, “Curiae”, 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 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022948>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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