what is sovereinty? why is it known as basic element of a state


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Dear Anonymous,

Sovereignty, in international law, has to do with the principle that each state has control over its own land and its domestic affairs. And that different countries are equal in this regard even if they are small in size.

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If this is a homework question, you will want to include mention of the Peace of Westphalia, a treaty signed in 1648 and ending the Thirty Years' War in Europe.

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