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1. Protestatio

1.1. General remarks

In the early modern period, protestatio was understood to mean a formal public declaration in which the existence of specific subjective rights was explicitly demonstrated and attested, for the purpose of securing these rights against adverse consequences of one’s own actions or those of others.

The term is based on the Latin verb protestari (testify publicly), which in ancient Roman law already denoted a statement explaining and clarifying one’s own actions. It occu…

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Neu, Tim and Niggemann, Ulrich, “Protest”, 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 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025998>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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