States-GeneralThe word States-General (or Estates-General refers in English to :
- the Etats-Généraux of France before the French Revolution
- the Staten Generaal of the Dutch Netherlands.
The name in both cases signifies, whatever the ultimate divergence in character of the two bodies, the assembly of the representatives of the various estates of the realm, called together for purposes of legislation or deliberation.
Original text from 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica
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