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Human/citizens’ rights, declarations of
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1. Legal and political significance

Freedom and equality were the key concepts of the human and civil rights proclaimed during the revolutionary upheaval of the 18th and 19th centuries in a concerted attack on the hierarchical society of estates and absolutist rule (Absolutism; Estates, society of; Revolution). With t…

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Bader-Zaar, Birgitta, “Human/citizens’ rights, declarations of”, 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 24 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023940>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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