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1. Definition and typology

The term states-general (sometimes estates-general) goes back to the états généraux first documented in France in the early 14th century. It refers in general terms to a large social group that claimed a specific right (necessarily with local variations) to participate in governance (Authority) within a political system on the basis of various legal, economic, and social factors.

Unlike the medieval and early mode…

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Bahlcke, Joachim, “States-General”, 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 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019868>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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