Confederation
(2,574 words)

1. Terminology and meaning

Although today a confederation is generally considered a type of state typical of modernity, Latin foedus (“alliance,” “treaty,” “league”) and confoederatio (“alliance,” “agreement”) were already used in classical discussions of the state. The legal concept became increasingly important during the European processes of state formation at th…

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Bahlcke, Joachim, “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 17 August 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022501>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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