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1. Definition and phenomenon

Historicism was one of the most important intellectual and cultural tendencies of the 19th century. As such, not only did it greatly influence the development of the humanities in this period (see 2, below); it also made a significant mark on the history of art and architecture in European societies (see 3, below). At the core of historicism was the conviction that history, or the actualization of historical tradition, was centrally signif…

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Jaeger, Friedrich and Lieb, Stefanie, “Historicism”, 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_021005>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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