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The word crisis, and its equivalents current in all European languages, derives, like “criticism”, from the Greek krísis (first attested in Thucydides; from krínesthai, “to distinguish”). In the early modern period, in various European languages, its spectrum of meanings ranged from “(legal) judgment” to “(professional) finding” to “decision,” while also denoting the circumstances in which and by which …

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Ramonat, Oliver, “Crisis”, 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 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022804>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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