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In the wars of the early modern period, sieges of fortified towns were a very frequent, if not the dominant element of warfare [3. 632–685]; [5]. Fortresses were important on many levels, as places where political, strategic, and logistical aspects were inseparably connected. Even though towns had increasingly lost their significance as independent political entities since the end of the Middle Ages, princely residences (Residenzstadt) and provincial capitals in the early modern territorial states became centers of princely authority and were frequently fort…

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Hohrath, Daniel, “Siege”, 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 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017467>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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