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1. Terminology: Bund, Bündnis, Bündnissystem

The concept of alliance in the early modern period was expressed in a plethora of terms that variously amplify, specify, and compete. As is typical of the period, exact definitions are exceedingly elusive. Relevent terms include, in particular, league, union, frate…

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Kaiser, Michael, “Alliance”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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