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Civil unrest
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1. Definition and history of scholarship

Since no definition of “unrest” in historical contexts is accepted and used throughout Europe, here we shall fall back on the the definition given by Peter Blickle, which is used most commonly by German-speaking scholars: “Acts of protest on the part of (usually all) the subjects of a sovereign power to assert and/or enforce their interests and values. These are primarily political in nature, in th…

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Keller, Katrin, “Civil unrest”, 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 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017939>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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