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Moral Weekly
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The concept of the moral weekly, a specialized periodical genre of the Enlightenment, was developed by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele in the early 18th century in England. In a few European countries, between 1720 and 1770 publishers and authors attempted to imitate the successful models: The Tatler (1709–1711), The Spectator (1711–1712; 1714), and The Guardian (March–October 1713). Most of the moral weeklies appeared in the many small regional centers of German-speaking Europe, under a good hundred different titles. They all pursued the go…

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Weckel, Ulrike, “Moral Weekly”, 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 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024284>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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