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Neutrality
(2,504 words)

1. Political intention without legal foundation

The intention of staying out of the wars of neighboring states was already occasionally expressed by the words neutralité (French), neutralità (Italian), or neutralitet (German) in the 15th century. These terms then became frequent from the 16th century…

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Gotthard, Axel, “Neutrality”, 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 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024764>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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