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The family rests on the biological fact that every individual has a mother and a father, and that a relationship of provision and emotion generally exists beyond childbirth at least between the mother and child (Parental love; see below, 6.1.). The family is also a social institution through which much of not only the biologi…

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Gestrich, Andreas and Berger, Ruth, “Family”, 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 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019112>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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