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[German Version]

(from Lat. dissidere, “to disagree, contradict, be separate”). This was originally primarily a designation for adherents of the non-dominant (state) religion – thus first for the Polish Protestants in the Warsaw Confederation of 1573 and for Protestant groups (Dissenters) in England since the 17th century that did not wish to follow the doctrines of the Anglican state church (Anglican Church). With the recognition of several coexisting religious communities in the German territories since the 18th century and the concession of privileges …

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de Wall, Heinrich, “Dissidents”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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