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Professor: Barbara Elias

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The power should be given to the common people. Exhibit on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the German Peasants' War.

Source: Die Gewalt soll gegeben werden dem gemeinen Volk. Ausstellung zum 450. Jahrestag des Deutschen Bauernkrieges. Museum für Deutsche Geschichte Berlin. 1974. Image. Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-SA).

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