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1. Key concepts and their history

Prehistoric and ancient terminological categories pervaded early modern concepts of earth. Like other elements (fire, air, water), earth was part of creation myths, coming about through the overcoming of chaos by separation and the ordering (Order (system)) of the elements (often also the separation of heaven and earth, light and darkness). Gender …

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Sieglerschmidt, Jörn, “Earth”, 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: 20151216

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