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State
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[German Version]

I. Terminology

The word state with its various cognates came into use in the Romance languages in the 16th century and was used in German (Staat) by the end of the 18th. It expresses the notion of the socio-historical “state” or “condition” of a body politic – more specifically the state of physical security ensured for this body by the authority effective and recognized within a “national population” living in its “national territory” (Georg Jellinek [1851–1911], Allgemeine…

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Herms, Eilert, “State”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024946>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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