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So-called projectors began to appear in Europe in the mid-17th century. They must be thought of in the context of the increasing number of projects, which peaked around 1700 with the pronouncement that people were living in a “projecting age.” 

Unlike the concept of a project, which might be considered either positive or neutral, the “projector” was a pejorative figure, often the object of criticism and satire. The projector, engaged in draft…

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Stanitzek, Georg, “Projector”, 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 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025965>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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