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1. Introduction

Meisterschaft (“mastership”) from the Middle Ages on was a conditional right of independent exercise of a defined artisanal activity within a local or regional area. It included the right to manufacture and sell commercial goods as well as to manage a business, train apprentices, and employ journeymen. The status of master represented the pinnacle of the artisanal training pyramid, and as well as denoting legal and economic independence, it als…

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Buchner, Thomas, “Master”, 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 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023908>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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