Bildungsverein
(1,014 words)

1. Definition, origins, purpose

The mid-18th century saw the emergence of many societies devoted to educational and cultural purposes in the spirit of the Enlightenment (Society movement). The increasingly self-aware citizens and the nobility concerned with Bildung established literary and philosophical societies, patriotic societies, and agricultural societies to expand their knowledge of the world, acquire practical skills, and share them…

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Hardtwig, Wolfgang, “Bildungsverein”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017662>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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