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The term Staatsbildungskrieg (roughly “state-building war”) refers to an approach based on structural history to explaining the significant frequency of military and political conflicts in the 17th century (bellicosity, concentration of wars). It emerged in the 1980s and was discussed intensively in the 1990s. It pays particular attention to the extremely long and costly Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648). The structural weaknesses of the principles of succession (Throne, succession to; War of succession) as critical triggers of conflict had already long been iden…

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Pröve, Ralf, “Staatsbildungskrieg”, 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 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_027934>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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