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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 used in t…

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Fassbender, Bardo, “Annexation”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016868>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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