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The term “self-government” describes in a broad sense the autonomous regulation of conditions by smaller social units [13. 1621]. However, it only entered political and legal language in this sense in the 19th century. Prior to this, the expression was generally used in relation to the self (in the psychological sense of self-control) [9. 207]. When it later began to be attached to a particular mode of government, it was at first chiefly in relation to the colonies. The German Selbstverwaltung had a simila…

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Collin, Peter, “Self-government”, 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 09 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027404>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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