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1. History of terminology and scholarship

The term “periphery” (Greek periphéreia, “circumference”) was already used in Greco-Roman antiquity to refer to conditions in regions remote from the center. In historiography, it is applied in an attempt to describe the historical dynamic of geographical definitions. Ancient Greeks regarded the peripheries of their own cultural sphere as being populated by “barbarians” (a term th…

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Nolte, Hans-Heinrich, “Peripheries”, 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 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025401>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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