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1. Definition

The term estatist state (German Ständestaat) or dualistic estatist state stands for a model describing the process of state formation between the late Middle Ages and the late 18th century that dominated German-language scholarship until the 1970s, identifying it as a distinct historical phase. The dualistic state that replaced the medieval feudal state was characterized by “the juxtaposition of two elements that aros…

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Haug-Moritz, Gabriele, “Ständestaat”, 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 28 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028197>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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