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Territorial state
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1. Concept

The concept of the territorial state is one largely shaped by German-language research. Territorialstaat relates to the distinction, first made in 1939, between the medieval Personenverbandstaat (a state built upon the relationships between persons and groups of persons) and the institutionalized state extending over a contiguous expanse of territory as it gradually emerged in the late Middle Ages and early modern period [3], and the term serves to describe the early modern state in contradisti…

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Schennach, Martin, “Territorial 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 24 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028762>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831



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