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Lines of amity
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1. Concept

The “lines of amity,” in the context of European overseas expansion and the emergence of the Atlantic world, were demarcation lines between Europe and overseas. In 1634, Richelieu wrote in a memorandum of “lines of the amities and alliances” (French lignes des amitiés et des alliances) [4. 187]. A better name, however, would have been “lines of enmity,” as they dated from the 16th and 17th centuries when far-reaching legal disputes over the status of overseas regio…

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König, Hans-Joachim, “Lines of amity”, 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 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019473>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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