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Understood in a broad sense as an exchange of knowledge among scholars, popularization looks back on a tradition that had begun already before the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries and which has its roots in antiquity; a good example, and an early representative of the now rampant encyclopedism (Encyclopedia), is Grego Reisch’s Cyclopedia (1503). Spurred by the processes of the European Enlightenment, popularization really only took off in the early 19th…

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Kretschmann, Carsten and Popplow, Marcus, “Popularization”, 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 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025728>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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