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The Holy Roman EmpireThe Holy Roman Empire, also termed as the First Reich, was a multi-ethnic complex ofterritories in Western and Central Europe that developed during the Early Middle Ages andcontinued until its dissolution in 1806 during the Napoleonic Wars. The largest territory of theempire after 962 was the Kingdom of Germany, though it also included the neighboringKingdom of Bohemia and Kingdom of Italy, plus numerous other territories, and soon after theKingdom of Burgundy was added. However, while by the end of the 15th century the Empirewas still in theory composed of three major blocks – Italy, Germany, and Burgundy – in practiceonly the Kingdom of Germany remained, with the Burgundian territories lost to France and theItalian territories, ignored in the Imperial Reform, although formally part of the Empire, weresplintered into numerous de facto independent territorial entities. The external borders of theEmpire did not change noticeably from the Peace of Westphalia – which acknowledged theexclusion of Switzerland and the Northern Netherlands, and the French protectorate over Alsace– to the dissolution of the Empire. By then, it largely contained only German-speaking territories,

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