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1. Introduction

Night – the time between sunset and sunrise, or the period without sunlight (Sun and MoonDarkness) – varies in extent according to season and latitude. Experiences of night in early modern Europe consequently also varied greatly. Based on the medieval tradition, however, the early modern night still basically comprised a period of time qualitatively different in all respects from the bright daytime, with its own laws, customs, and symbolic signature (Day, course of) [1]. The weste…

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Koller, Edith, “Night”, 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 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024498>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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