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16. Waffenstillstand, Anstand und Stillstand

Gabriele Haug-Moritz

Abstract

Ceasefire and Truce The chapter explores in transnational perspective what contemporaries in the ‘long’ sixteenth century (1500-1617) understood by the terms truce and ceasefire. The focus is on those truces that reflect the typical features of the notion of ‘truce’ in this period: the ‘peaceful truces’ of Nuremberg (1532) and Frankfurt (1539), the truces (trêves) of 1589 and 1593 in France and finally the Netherlands ceasefire and truce (Bestant) of 1607-09. They are all characterised both by the growing potential for conflict as a result of confessional pluralisation and by peace-making strategies reminiscent of the Middle Ages that were forgotten after the seventeenth century.

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