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1. Introduction

Metropolis (from the Greek metrópolis, “mother-city,” “capital city”) in the sense of “laboratory of modernity” [6] is a term generally applied to the major European cities of the 19th century (Town), especially Paris and London, with Berlin joining them at the end of the century. The term thus implies the character of a major city, a relationship with in…

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Bley, Helmut, “Metropolis”, 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 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024041>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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