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Dorfgeschichte
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The generic term Dorfgeschichten originates in the title of Berthold Auerbach's Schwarzwälder Dorfgeschichten (1842ff.). It refers to prose narratives about village life which were published from around 1840 and were regarded in the German-speaking world (and only there) for up to two decades as an “epoch-making” phenomenon. Despite the variety of their forms the Dorfgeschichten were perceived to be an independent genre of texts giving answers to the p…

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Hahl, Werner, “Dorfgeschichte”, 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 24 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018416>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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