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Geology
(2,057 words)

1. Mineralogy and meteorology

Geology, the study of the structure and history of the Earth, is an invention of the early modern period. As an independent discipline, it was a product of middle-class culture and national aspirations in the 18th and 19th centuries. Nevertheless, many of its issues were already discussed in antiquity. Before the middle of the 18th century, such mat…

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Fritscher, Bernhard, “Geology”, 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_019915>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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