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Mediatization
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As it pertains to the legal conditions of the Holy Roman Empire, mediatization describes the abolition of the imperial immediacy of a secular imperial estate (Estates, assembly of). The historical drama of mediatization in the late 18th and early 19th centuries produced a distinction between two forms of mediatization: one that preserved the existence of a state and did not abolish its autonomy, and one that resulted in annexation, as the state was absorbed into the territory of a larger state. With respect to the status immediatus of imperial estates endowed with immediacy (i…

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Hufeld, Ulrich, “Mediatization”, 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 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_023837>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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