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1. Definition and beginnings

Today the term forestry means the science and theory of the ecological and biological regularities of forest ecosystems and sustainable multifunctional forest management. It first appeared in 1765 as a call for a scientific basis of silviculture in Carl Gottlieb Grote’s Entwurf der Forstwissenschaft (“Outline of Forestry”).

Before forestry developed as an autonomous discipline in the 18th century, what people knew about forests was reflected…

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Selter, Bernward, “Forestry”, 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 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019331>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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