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1. Europe

1.1. Definition and main lines of development

1.1.1. Terminology

Scholars generally agree that the first centuries of the early modern period were an especially important time for the process of state formation [70]. There is no unanimity, however, regarding what the word state actually means. While some historians are wont to call even relatively decentralized structures of governance like the Old Empire states, others prefer to be guided by the concept of the state developed in the …

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Asch, Ronald G. and Leonhard, Jörn, “State”, 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 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027903>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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