Earth
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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, 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 May 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018867>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20151216



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