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In the first centuries of the early modern period, the term protection (from Latin protectio, “protection,” “defense”) denoted various forms of protection and safeguarding of interests provided by a stronger party to a weaker party and consequently certain rights of the protector vis-à–vis his protégéProtection and defense of his subjects was the central task of a ruler, but there was also protection apart from a formal relationship of authority. …

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Tischer, Anuschka, “Protection”, 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 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025989>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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