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Peace treaty
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1. Definition

A peace treaty is a legally binding document ending a war and (re-)establishing peace by mutual agreement of the parties to the treaty (fundamental: [5. Vol. III, chap. XX/II]; [9. Vol. 2, 255]; [8. 123]). Hostilities are abandoned, the conflicts between the opponents resolved, and peaceful relations restored.

2. Background

The very first peace treaties were concluded with oaths imposing obligations upon the parties. The peace treaty between …

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Steiger, Heinhard, “Peace treaty”, 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 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019505>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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