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Purchase, territorial
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The purchase of territories or of particular sovereign rights and powers (Authority) within specific regions was a widespread practice in the early modern Holy Roman Empire, for purposes of territorial expansion and the internal consolidation of territorial sovereignty. This concept does not concern purchasing lordship over an estate, but the expansion of territories by rulers, particularly those belonging to the Reichsstände. The practice developed in the context of the considerable spatial entanglement and overlapping of sovereign rights particularly …

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Simon, Thomas, “Purchase, territorial”, 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 30 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_023015>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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