Compilation
(876 words)

1. Transmission of knowledge

In the early modern period, compilation – the systematic assembly of knowledge already present – was considered one of the fundamental procedures in the organization of knowledge (Knowledge, organization of) and the production of scholarly texts. The theological and legal commentary literature of the Middle Ages and the early modern era, encyclopedias, the specialized compendia of various disciplines, and above all historiography, from chronicl…

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Gierl, Martin, “Compilation”, 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 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022475>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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