Since the late 19th century, the term annexation (from Lat. annectere, “link, join”) has been understood to denote the acquisition or incorporation of part or all of a foreign state by another state, whether in war or peace. It implies an extension of the territorial sovereignty of a state to a territory that had previously not been subject to it, in principle without affecting the question of land as private property. Its German equivalent (Annexion) was first us…
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Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy.
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