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Peace negotiations
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1. Significance and evolution

In early modern Europe, peace negotiations were a central stage on the road from war to peace. The contemporary Latin term ars tractandi (“art of negotiation”) shows that it was a téchne that, like the art of medicine, was based on empirical evidence and intuition and was related to the ars regnandi (“art of governing”) [12. 240–241]. As understood by contemporaries, the goal of peace negotiations was to reach an agreement (conventio) …

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Bosbach, Franz, “Peace negotiations”, 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 24 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019498>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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