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Mother is the English version of a universal Indo-European kinship term for the female parent of a child (Childhood). The legal and social status of motherhood (see below) is generally founded on the birth of the child (Childbirth), but may also depend on the legal act of adoption or related social practices (fostering, stepmotherhood; see Legitimization of children). The concept of motherhood in early modern period European societies was associated with powerful …

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Gestrich, Andreas, “Mother”, 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 09 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024452>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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