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Toleration and the Law in the West 1500–1700

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Before the emergence of the concept of individual rights, in the eighteenth century, toleration was conceded by states only to the corporations that constituted the state. Many states that, like France after the Edict of Nantes, conceded a form of toleration, did so without accepting the principle of toleration. The recognition or toleration of rights for individuals first became possible only in a wholly secularised society such as that of colonial north America.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Institución Milá y Fontanals, Egipcíacques, 15, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Publication date: March 1, 1997

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