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Federalism is the theory and practice of a permanent organizational union of more or less autonomous political entities in an overarching political and legal whole. Its principle forms are the federal state and confederation (States, confederation of) [4]; [7]. For historical purposes, however, this model, which is centered on the modern state, must be modified. Alliances and coalitions (cf. Bund) were key elements of …

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Härter, Karl, “Federalism”, 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 27 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019307>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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