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Guerrilla
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The word guerrilla comes from the Spanish guerilla (“irregular”), which was coined during the Spanish resistance against Napoleon (1808-1813), and is synonymous with partisan. However, the phenomenon of partisanship and the “little war” is much older (Petty warfare). During the early modern period, hostilities in which elements of a mostly poorly-armed populace fought regular armies armed and trained to the standards of the day were rather rare, and included the confrontations between the Watergeuzen (“Sea Beggars”) and the Spanish army during the Dutch War of Inde…

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Schmidt, Peer, “Guerrilla”, 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 23 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_020501>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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