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1. Class and status

Early modern society was intrinsically characterized by inequality. In social contexts and everyday life, inequalities arise almost inevitably, even when discrimination of all kind is prohibited and the principles of equality and non-discrimination are established as legal norms, as in the European Union to…

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Schmale, Wolfgang, “Inequality”, 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 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029260>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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