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Nobility, bureaucratic
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Bureaucratic nobility is a type of nobility resulting not from lineage, but from the service in office of a holder of a particular position. The ascent of a commoner (CitizenBourgeoisie) in the military or administrative hierarchy would thus be confirmed or sanctioned by elevation to the nobility, such an ennoblement on the basis of individual service generally taking effect as a special legal act by the monarch. Insofar as civic elites with academic training were called upon everywhere in the course of the consolidation of the early modern princely state (Absolutism), their memb…

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Wrede, Martin, “Nobility, bureaucratic”, 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 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_016804>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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