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Corruption
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1. Definition

Corruption (from Latin corrumpere, “to deprave”) denotes the general process of physical/biological, moral, institutional, or political decay and, more broadly, any change from an original state into something unrecognizable vis-à-vis that state. From the 18th century onward, this came to refer increasingly specifically to malpractice, from bribery, extortion, and rigging of election…

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Engels, Jens Ivo, “Corruption”, 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 26 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022674>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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