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A Schenkung (donation) in German usage is a legal transaction in which one party (donor) conveys property to another (donee) without receiving return consideration. A Schenkung may take the form of a manual donation [5. 74–103], whereby the gifted object is immediately delivered to the donee and the form of a promise of a later donation. Schenkungen are generally possible only inter vivos, but donations mortis causa arranged between livin…

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Löhnig, Martin, “Schenkung”, 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 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027050>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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