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Swiss Confederation
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1. Concept

The type of confederation called in German Eidgenossenschaft (literally “oath confederacy,” from the Latin coniuratio) arose in the high Middle Ages, and was established by the swearing of an oath. Obligations of peace (King’s peace) and mutual assistance were undertaken in invocation of a saint. Oath confederacies included city leagues (including with nobles), and, in peripheral regions, purely rural alliances (e.…

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Maissen, Thomas, “Swiss Confederation”, 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 26 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027297>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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