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The term Kabinettskrieg (“cabinet war”) denotes the dominant form of European warfare in the period from the Peace of Westphalia (1648) to the French Revolution (1789), and refers in particular to those who were making political and military decisions. It implies that decisions of war and peace were made in cabinet, or even that wars were fought on this theoretical level. Another term sometimes used in German synonymously with Kabinettskrieg is gehegter Krieg (“conceptual war”), evoking the rational, restrained form of warfare that emerged under the influence of the Enlighte…

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Rogg, Matthias, “Kabinettskrieg”, 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 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_021811>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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