Catholic Enlightenment
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1. Term

The concept of Catholic Enlightenment developed in German historiography from the early 20th century, and has since the 1970s established itself as a specialist term [3. 40–53]; [5. 76–85]. In its general and internationally current sense, it denotes all the efforts undertaken within European Catholicism before around 1820 to adapt the ideas and accomplishments of the Enlightenment and to implement them in culture, education, scholarship, economics, and political organization [1]; [6]. In th…

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Walther, Gerrit, “Catholic Enlightenment”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 16 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022014>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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