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No other legal concept is associated with such a large, confusing, and discordant terminology or profusion of different meanings as privilege. This is evident even today in the largely unsystematic and imprecise usage of the term to denote social conditions both historical and contemporary. In…

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Mohnhaupt, Heinz, “Privilege”, 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 17 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025910>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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