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Montgelas, Maximilian Joseph
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(from 1809, Count; Sep 10, 1759, Munich – Jun 14, 1838, Munich), son of a Bavarian general of Savoyard descent. Montgelas wrote in 1789 the Mémoire instructif sur les droits des ducs de Bavière en matière ecclésiastique, and in 1796 the Ansbach Memorandum with a program of reform for Bavaria, whose policies he directed as foreign minister from 1799 to 1817 (at times also as minister of finance and of the interior). Grounded in secularization and mediatization, Montgelas's policies (reforms of administration, society, econ…

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Klueting, Harm, “Montgelas, Maximilian Joseph”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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