Allgemeines Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch
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1. Origin and scope

The Allgemeines Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch für die gesamten Deutschen Erbländer der österreichischen Monarchie (ABGB; “General civil code for all hereditary German territories of the Austrian monarchy”) was created during the reforms inaugurated by enlightened absolutism, which fused the so-called “hereditary German territories” (“Deusche Erbländer”) of the Habsburg monarchy into a single state with a uniform administrative …

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Berger, Elisabeth, “Allgemeines Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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