Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online

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Executive editor of the English version: Graeme Dunphy

The Encyclopedia of Early Modern History is the English edition of the German-language Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. This 15-volume reference work, published in print between 2005 and 2012 and here available online, offers a multi-faceted view on the decisive era in European history stretching from ca. 1450 to ca. 1850 ce. in over 4,000 entries.
The perspective of this work is European. This is not to say that the rest of the World is ignored – on the contrary, the interaction between European and other cultures receives extensive attention.

New articles will be added on a regular basis during the period of translation, for the complete German version see Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit Online.

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Ceremonial

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Author(s): Füssel, Marian | Mat’a, Petr
1. Definition and functionPolitical ceremonial is a medium whereby a political and social order is symbolically created and presented. It constitutes power relations and social ranks between rulers and ruled, or among rulers. Depending on the occasion and the circle of addressees, it creates different degrees of public sphere. Key ceremonial practices of the early modern period were enacted on occasions of succession (Election and Coronation) [19], the formal arrival of a ruler (Latin adventus) [14]; [15], homage, diplomatic negotiations (Diplomacy), and assembly of est…
Date: 2017-02-14

Ceremonial literature

(2,605 words)

Author(s): Niefanger, Dirk
1. Ceremonial as a readable system of signs The concept of Ceremonial (from Latin caerimonia, French cérémonial) denotes forms, rules, and behaviors that were valued as necessary and constitutive in respect of standardized, often solemnized actions in the course of social intercourse, political processes, and religious events. To this extent, it is reasonable to call ceremonial a “semiotic supersystem […] that is capable of rendering visible the political, legal, social, or religious order, and of regulating it within limits [5. 1500 f.]. Ceremonial might include visual ima…
Date: 2017-02-14

Certainty (legal)

(6 words)

See Legal certainty
Date: 2017-02-14
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