Ages of the world
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1. General

The Early Modern Period imagined history as a closed succession of different ages of the world (Latin aetas mundi). These distinguished the different eras of world history from one another. Eschatological motives underlay this periodization until well into the 18th century. Especially during the Enlightenment, however, the interpretation of historical processes was no longer dominated…

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Eckert, Georg, “Ages of the world”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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