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1. Concept and parameters

By “association” (German Verband) is meant a combination of individuals or bodies, designed to endure, and as a rule based on voluntary membership and set rules (articles, statutes), with the purpose both of articulating the combined interests coherently of its membe…

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Mittag, Jürgen, “Association”, 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 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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