Historical Term: Annexation

“Annexation Process whereby a state a assumes possession of a territory unilaterally and without the consent of the former owner. Unlike a protectorate, military occupation, or UN trusteeship, full sovereign rights are conferred but the population of the annexed territory become subjects of the new possessor state. Annexations may be made by force, by treaty or by other means. Examples are Germany’s annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938 and Israel’s annexation of Jordanian areas of Jerusalem in 1967.”

Excerpted from: Cook, Chris. Dictionary of Historical Terms. New York: Gramercy, 1998.

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