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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]


Victor Kattan

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 June 2019

Colonization / Decolonization — Self-determination — Occupation — Boundaries

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The word ‘partition’ appears to have first been used in the modern period to describe various attempts to partition the Spanish Habsburg Empire during the dispute over the Spanish Succession in ‘partition treaties’ concluded in 1668, 1698 and 1700. The aim of these treaties, which were concluded in secret ( Treaties, Secret ), was to prevent a war over the Spanish Succession (1701–1714) by equitably subdividing the empire between competing sovereigns to maintain the peace of Europe ( Balance of Power ). In the nineteenth century, ‘partition’ was invoked by...
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