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Old Europe
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1. Definition

The term “Old Europe” (German Alteuropa) became an established concept in the language of West German historiography in the 1950s and 1960s, although to this day it has never been examined or even defined in theoretical terms. Used mostly in its adjectival form alteuropäisch, (“Old European”), it serves to describe the epochal and structural contexts of historical life in Europe before the advent of the late modern period, that is, before the E…

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Hinrichs, Ernst, “Old Europe”, 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 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016777>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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