Diets in Central Europe

Acclamation de Marie-Thérèse d'Autriche (Maria Theresia Walburga Amalia Christina), reine de Hongrie, lors de la diète de 1741 (date de son couronnement), par les magnats hongrois - gravure du XIXe siècle.

Governed by Estate law, the political systems of Central European States were based on power-sharing between the sovereign and orders. The Diets of various territories were central points of political life. The increase of the sovereign’s power, which ultimately limited that of the orders, did not proceed along a general or a linear arc, as proven by the permanence of the political influence of Diets in Central Europe, sometimes until the nineteenth century, notably in Hungary.