A. Concept and structural principles
The medieval and early modern S. of the estates was based on the principle of vertical hierarchy on the basis of legal status, specific forms of inheritance and the capacity to exercise authority ; . As yet, there was no unified theory of model of the S. of the estates. Important approaches to explaining how it worked came from classic works of sociology by scholars including Max Weber, Pierre Bourdieu and Niklas Luhmann . According to Weber, a "class S." differed from an "estates S." primarily in the imputation of honour,…
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Füssel, Marian (Göttingen),
Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism
, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014).
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