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Honors and decorations
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Honors and decorations are insignia worn visibly as tokens of a distinctive value based on social consensus. They generally rank a bit below orders, which are closely related. Despite the common colloquial treatment of orders and decorations (German Orden and Ehrenzeichen), the two are most safely distinguished by a quantitative aspect laid down at the time they were instituted. As a rule, the number of  people bearing a specific decoration is usually much larger than the number who are members of an order. Decorations are usually …

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Kloosterhuis, Jürgen, “Honors and decorations”, 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 30 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_018578>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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