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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Holy Roman Empire

Diana Zacharias

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 04 December 2020

Ancient Times to 1648 — 1648-1815

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

1 Holy Roman Empire (‘Empire’) was a name given to the political entity that stood under the reign of the German emperors in the tradition of the ancient Roman Empire and lasted from the Middle Ages to 6 August 1806, when Emperor Francis II submitted to the pressure of Napoleon Bonaparte, resigned the imperial crown, and declared that the bond which connected him with the State body of the German Empire was dissolved (History of International Law, Ancient Times to 1648; History of International Law, 1648 to 1815). While the end of the Holy Roman Empire—that, after...
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