Power and Rule(s) in the Electorate of Cologne in the Early Modern Period: Practices – Actors – Spaces

The Electorate of Cologne, composed of three territorial components (the Rhenish Archbishopric, the Duchy of Westphalia and the Vest Recklinghausen), was a polycracy throughout the early modern period, which remained characterised by a strong position of local or regional elites despite the tendency of the electors to consolidate rule. The project aims at the corresponding political practices and personal entanglements that accompanied the plural structures of rulership(s) in the Electorate of Cologne.

Project Manager

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Prof. Dr. Michael Rohrschneider

Early Modern Period/ Rheinische Landesgeschichte


Am Hofgarten 22

53113 Bonn

Central Europe

Study Region

15th - 18th Century

Study Period

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