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Kulturkampf
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Kulturkampf (German: “culture struggle”) was one of many neologisms that came into general use in Germany in connection with the career of Kultur (Culture) as a concept in the 19th century. The term breathed new life into the metaphor of combat in rhetorical, political, and activist terms - a metaphor that had been widespread during the early modern period in other cultural contexts [8]. In the intensifying conflict situation of the late 19th century in particular, it beca…

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Wolff, Jens, “Kulturkampf”, 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 26 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022856>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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