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Kingdoms of nature
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Over the course of the early modern period, the classificatory concept of the three kingdoms of nature became an important heuristic principle in the descriptive and organizational systems of natural science. The Latin term regnum (“kingdom”; French règne, German Reich) became popular in the late 17th century through the encyclopedic work of the Swiss physician and natural historian Emanuel König [4], and it became exceedingly important as a concept particularly in the heyday of classical natural history, from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th. The kingdoms of nature - the an…

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Ingensiep, Hans Werner, “Kingdoms of nature”, 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 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024660>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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