Balance of power
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1. Definition

Concepts of powers or forces in balance were found in the early modern period in many spheres of life, e.g. economics (balance of trade), medicine (balance of humors), philosophy (balance of passions), physiology (nutritional balance, kinematics), astronomy (balance of attraction and repulsion), and politics (balance of power). This wide range is reflected in the G…

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Strohmeyer, Arno, “Balance of power”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 20 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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