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1. Definition

The word “bourgeoisie” may denote (1) a social class whose members are distinguished by above-average prosperity, participation in crafts and trades, trade, banking (Bank), industry, or professions that require a highly specialized education, usually at a university, and reside primarily in cities (Town); (2) persons who set themselves apart from the rest of society thro…

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Fahrmeir, Andreas, “Bourgeoisie”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 February 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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