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Rat, gelehrter
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1. Terminology

Gelehrte Räte (learned counselors) in the early modern period were academically (mostly legally) trained royal civil servants and officeholders (Office) working in central bureaucracies (not so much in local administration) and collegial committees as legal and governmental specialists (Government). Most were of non-noble background. Their individual and collective position as members of the ruling elite was r…

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Wieland, Christian, “Rat, gelehrter”, 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 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019800>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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