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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, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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