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a term used in political literature.
(1) A synonym for state in general: for a state of some historical type (bourgeois statehood, socialist statehood) and to denote a particular stage in the development of a state of a given historical type (statehood of the ancient Slavs, public statehood).
(2) To denote the system (mechanism) of a dictatorship of a particular class (proletarian statehood) or the political organization of society. In this sense the term “statehood” is used in the Program of the CPSU in examining problems of the further development of the socialist state (see 1971, pp. 101–02).
(3) To denote the system of organs of state—the statehood apparatus.
(4) To combine in one group general traits or features of a state (for example—national statehood and democratic statehood).
V. E. GULIEV