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In Roman law, occupation (Latin occupatio) denotes seizure as a form of acquisition of property. In the early modern period, the term was modified by the adjective bellica, which pointed to war as the legal basis for such acquisition, thus transferring it to the sphere of public law. It was in common use in t…

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Carl, Horst, “Occupation”, 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 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024962>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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