Historical territory

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In the field of historical science , the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire are called " historical territories ".

What is meant is a jurisdiction whose owner was considered the sovereign . This could also be an imperial city or an ecclesiastical corporation. The territories were often interspersed with other claims to rule (different jurisdictions in different hands) and it was only in the course of the late Middle Ages and early modern times that they developed into more or less geographically closed domains, which can increasingly be referred to as territorial states. During this process, known as territorialization , no states in the modern sense emerged (see General State Doctrine ). The territories were characterized by the dualism of sovereigns on the one hand and estates on the other. The modern, centralized form of government has only developed gradually since the 18th, but especially since the 19th century.