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Patriotic society
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1. Definition, goals, and spread

Beginning in the mid-18th century, the idea of a novel empirical and rational way of mastering life gripped the educated classes throughout Europe. This process, fundamental to the emergence of modernity, found expression in a radical structural change in the nature of societies (Association; Society [association]). The academy movement expanded and transformed itself into a broad society movement. The patriotic societies adopted the goal…

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Hardtwig, Wolfgang, “Patriotic society”, 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 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025346>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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