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Estates, assembly of
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1. European assemblies

1.1. Terminology

The modern collective term assembly of the estates covers all the estatist representative bodies of Europe that were functionally comparable (Representation); among their varied tasks, support of the ruler through political counsel and military and financial assistance (providing consilium and auxilium) had a central place. Comparative studies of representative bodies in non-European societies suggest a causal connection between the emerg…

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Pörtner, Regina and Brauneder, Wilhelm, “Estates, assembly of”, 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 15 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028202>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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