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In the political and economic thought of the early modern period, especially the 17th and 18th centuries, Romance and English terms such as population and popolazione played a major role. They denoted both the number of inhabitants of a territory and their increase. In German, Population was used synonymously with Peuplierung (Impopulation) (Plantation [population]) until the mid-18th century, in the sense of population increase; only later did it come…

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Ehmer, Josef, “Populationistik”, 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 09 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025738>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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