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Cabinets de lecture

Cabinets de lecture  

In the eighteenth century, literary societies (cabinets de lecture, Lesegesellschaften) occupied a central position in several crucial social developments. In countries where the traditional social ...
Corporate and Estate Organization

Corporate and Estate Organization  

Corporations and estates were as fundamental and important to European social and political life of the eighteenth century as currency to trade or as words to language. As part of ...
Germany

Germany  

“Germany? But where is it?” asked Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich von Schiller in their often-quoted epigram of 1797, “I don't know how to find such a country.” The ...
sociability

sociability  

Social activity and interaction existing for its own sake, called by the German sociologist Georg Simmel the ‘play-form’ of interaction that has no necessary outcome or results. Pure play-forms of ...

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