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1. Origin

The invention of paper is traditionally ascribed to the Chinese court official Cai Lun in the year 105 CE. Despite justified doubts regarding this account, the Chinese origin of paper is undisputed. With the unification of the Chinese kingdoms, the Qin Dynasty (221–207 BCE) had established extensive bureaucratic government and increased tra…

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Pichol, Karl, “Paper”, 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_025236>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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