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Imperial constitution
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1. Definition

The imperial constitution of the Holy Roman Empire (of the German Nation) in the early modern period describes the overarching political and legal order that emerged from the history of the Empire and became established in imperial law beginning in the late Middle Ages. Contemporaries, namely advocates of ius publicum imperii, referred to the imperial constitution with the (Latin) phrase status or st…

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Buschmann, Arno, “Imperial constitution”, 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 20 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026420>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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