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Local administration
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1. Concept

In most of early modern Europe, there was no independent local administration, for this function, which at the time would have been thought of as the implementation of gute Policey (“good policy”; Police [political order]), was almost everywhere interwoven in terms of organization and personnel with other “official” functions, especially lower jurisdiction, sometimes the raising of taxes or the administration o…

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Brakensiek, Stefan, “Local administration”, 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 31 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023478>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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