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National language
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1. Introduction

It is self-evident to citizens of Europe today that the languages of their home countries function as means of communication on all political levels of the European Union on an equal basis. Yet the process whereby the languages of the European nations were defined and developed into effective instruments of communication in all fields of life was a long and problematic one. Even today, the…

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Haarmann, Harald, “National language”, 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 29 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024568>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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