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Pamphlet
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1. Concept

A pamphlet (French pamphlet) was a short tract that focused on a social, particularly political or religious issue and argued a position pro or contra, or that pursued a demagogic purpose in a polemical way. In some European languages, notably German (Pamphlet), the word developed a pejorative connotation, arising from the “contempt or at least indifference” of such works to the persons named in them, and such a connotation was alrea…

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Knopik, Matthias, “Pamphlet”, 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 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_031097>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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