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Great Awakening
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1. Definition and temporal divisions

The term Great Awakening denotes a series of religious revivalist movements in North America, beginning in the 18th century. The extent and number of Great Awakenings is disputed by scholars. After Joseph Tracy introduced the term in 1841 in his book with the same name [11], it gained general currency and was not questioned critically until the work of revisionist historians in the 1980s and 1990s. While they …

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Keil, Hartmut, “Great Awakening”, 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 21 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020422>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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