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1. Terminological history and definition

The word “nursery,” attested from the 14th century and derived directly from “nursing” [13], was a room for women to retire to as much as it was one for housing children (Childhood). The German Kinderstube or Kinderkammer (“children’s room/chamber”) began to occur from the late 16th century before becoming commonplace in the 18th [8. 589–593]; [5. 13]; [3]. Zedler’s Universal-Lexikon (1742) refers to th…

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Gestrich, Andreas, “Nursery”, 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_022118>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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