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Gothicism
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Gothicism denotes a view of history that placed the ancient Gothic people at the center of origin narratives, which were based to differing degrees on Latin ethnographies of late Antiquity (by Cassiodorus, Jordanes, Isidore of Seville), speculative etymologies and linguistic interpretations of the Bible that combined with ancient traditions of the nobility of barbarians.

Works of ethnohistoriography emerged in a number of European regions in the 15th century in the context of (Germanic) Humanist historiography that were marked by their demonstrative reference to t…

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Schmidt-Voges, Inken, “Gothicism”, 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 19 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_020347>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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