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Historical and modern usages of the word coach vary in meaning. Here, coach is used as a generic term for a wagon with one or two axles and sprung suspension, used to convey passengers  (Passenger transportation) and generally drawn by horses. The term coach is derived from the German Kotschi(wagen), via the MF coche, and may originally be related to the name of the Hungarian town of Kocs. However, the Kotschiwagen were not coachs, but carts without suspension, whi…

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Köppen, Thomas, “Coach”, 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_022968>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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