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1. Terminology

In German-speaking Europe, in the Middle Ages a person continuing on after completing his apprenticeship in the crafts and trades was called a Knecht; the term Geselle (from Saalgenosse) was applied initially to members of gesellig (“companionably”) communicative social groups, including the master craftsmen (Sociability). After the formation of the first associations of Gesellen, the term was transferred to those active in the crafts and tr…

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Reith, Reinhold, “Journeymen”, 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 29 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020075>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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