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Reichsdeputationshauptschluss
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The Reichsdeputationshauptschluss (Principal Conclusion of the Imperial Delegation, but known in English as the Final Recess) of February 25, 1803, was the final imperial constitution of the Holy Roman Empire (of the German Nation). It marked the historical turning point between the French Revolution (1789), with its repercussions in Germany, and the fall of the Empire in 1806 (declaration of Emperor Francis II laying aside the German Imperial crown). The Reichsdeputationshauptschluss gave mediatization and legal secularization the status of imperial constituti…

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Hufeld, Ulrich, “Reichsdeputationshauptschluss”, 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 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026353>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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