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1. Definition and overview

Since the late 19th century, the term annexation (from Lat. annectere, “link, join”) has been understood to denote the acquisition or incorporation of  part or all of a foreign state by another state, whether in war or peace. It implies an extension of the territorial sovereignty of a state to a territory that had previously not been subject to it, in principle without affecting the question of land as private property.  Its German equivalent (Annexion) was first us…

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Fassbender, Bardo, “Annexation”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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