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Partition, territorial
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Territorial partition in the broad sense means partition of all territorial sovereignty; in the narrow sense, it means partition of the territorial sovereignty (Authority) of the type that was shared by the territorial sovereign (Territorial sovereignty [Holy Roman Empire]) and the territorial estates on the basis of territorial law. Both types are rooted in the view of sovereign rights inherited equally by multiple heirs, derived from medieval inheritance law. Absent other provisions, they constituted a community of heirs that led to a condominium. In most cases, however,…

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Brauneder, Wilhelm, “Partition, territorial”, 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 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_023044>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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