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States, confederation of
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1. Definition

A confederation of states in the broadest sense is a political or juridical union of at least two states that is intended to promote certain common and (usually) long-term goals (of a political, economic, or military nature); under some circumstances, it can have organs of its own (federal agencies), but it does not in any way abolish the independence under international law of the participating st…

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Fassbender, Bardo, “States, confederation of”, 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 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027915>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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