Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online

Get access

(3,855 words)

1. Formation

1.1. Development and background

The formation of manorial estates – both individually and within the territories of Gutsherrschaft as a whole – was a protracted process, especially in Eastern and Central Europe. The beginnings go back to the late Middle Ages, the decisive processes took place in the 16th century, an initial high point was reached after the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648), and a second in the 18th century. While the sources for the later phases are relati…

Cite this page
Münch, Ernst and Flügel, Axel, “Estate”, 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 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020509>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

▲   Back to top   ▲