Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online

Get access

States, system of
(3,090 words)

1. Definition

On the one hand, the term state denotes the totality of interactions between actors and historical developments that are understood and described as systems; on the other, it denotes a heuristic concept used to conceptualize this reality understood as a system. The system of states comprises the “totality of relationships, behaviors, mechanisms, and organizing principles involving the entities and actors that constitute this system” [16. 20 f.]. Thi…

Cite this page
Externbrink, Sven, “States, system 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 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027919>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

▲   Back to top   ▲