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Jubilee (commemorative celebration)
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1. The term and its origin

While the jubilee year as a year of remission or indulgence goes back to OT and Christian traditions (Jubilee [Catholic]), the jubilee as a solemn and festive commemoration of a historical event at certain long intervals (usually a “round” number of years) was a product of the early modern period and did not become a cultural commonplace until the 19th century.

According to Lev 25:8–31, seven seven-year cycles, each with a sabbath year of rest, are to be follo…

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Dohrn-van Rossum, Gerhard, “Jubilee (commemorative celebration)”, 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 20 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021651>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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