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Personal union
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1. Concept

A personal union is the union of two or more political entities under a single ruler. The individual territories generally retain their own borders, laws, and representation (Estates, assembly of). Although monarchs of the early modern period tried with varying degrees of success to transform the lands they ruled into real unions (permanent mergers laid down in constitutional law and involving a shared state apparatus), the estat…

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Edelmayer, Friedrich, “Personal union”, 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_COM_025413>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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