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Private sphere
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1. Spectrum of meaning

In the sense of “seclusion,” the term “privacy” in English dates from around 1600. The sense of “freedom from intrusion,” however, dates only from 1814. German and French long had adjectives alone (privat and privé) along with the compound terms Privatangelegenheit (private matter) and propriété privée (private property). Privatheit only entered German in the 20th century as a subst…

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Gestrich, Andreas, Pahlow, Louis and Gryska, Peter, “Private sphere”, 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 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025895>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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