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1. Introduction

The term “politics” (French politique; German Politik, etc.) and its related adjective carry two meanings today: (1) in terms of systems, the totality (or specific elements defined by qualification) of the attributes, processes, and structures that go to make up the state or relate to the state, and (2) in terms of action, the efforts expended (not only in government) to achieve p…

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Weber, Wolfgang E.J., “Politics”, 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 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025651>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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