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Progress
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1. The term

The English noun progress (in the sense of advancement or improvement; from Latin progressus via Old French progres) came into use around 1600. Like its equivalents (French progrès, German Fortschritt, Italian progresso), it denotes the specifically early modern view of historical movement and change in contrast to earlier concepts of movement such as journey, growth, and development. I…

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Sparn, Walter and Walther, Gerrit, “Progress”, 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 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019334>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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