The concept of alliance in the early modern period was expressed in a plethora of terms that variously amplify, specify, and compete. As is typical of the period, exact definitions are exceedingly elusive. Relevent terms include, in particular, league, union, frate…
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Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy.
Consulted online on 21 February 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017883>