Bund
(1,950 words)

1. Terminology

The German word Bund (“league, association, federation”) first appears in Middle High German legal language in the second half of the 13th century. Often its use overlaps with that of words like Einung (“union”), Gelübde (“oath”), Verständnis (“understanding”), Frieden (“peace”), Freundschaft (“friendship”), Bruderschaft(“fraternity”), Gesellschaft (“society”), Genossenschaft (“cooperative”), and Eidgenossenschaft (“confederation”). The word always denotes a…

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Hardtwig, Wolfgang, “Bund”, 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 22 July 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017876>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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