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1. Nature and environment

The idea that the nature of things - minerals and ores as well as living creatures and humans - depended to a considerable degree on their location on the surface of the earth and their natural environment was one of the most influential scientific theories in cultural history. It was handed down to the early modern period from Antiquity in the form of the theory of climes, and it held sway in the 18th and early 19th centuries in a wide variety of fields from natural science and m…

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Fritscher, Bernhard, “Clime”, 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 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022318>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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