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Mining class
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1. Definition and membership

The mining class or estate was constituted as a social group in the context of the Central European society of estates (Estates, society of). It was therefore primarily ethico-normative criteria of social origin that determined membership in the mining class and thus an individual’s opportunities in life (i.e. the roots of the mining class go back to the mining brotherhoods of the late Middle Ages). In this enviro…

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Laufer, Johannes and Küpper-Eichas, Claudia, “Mining class”, 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 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017488>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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