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1. Origins and media of propaganda

The term “propaganda” is not a priori negative in its connotation in early modern history, and the concept differs from that of ideological propaganda since the 20th century. To begin with, propaganda denoted above all the propagation of the Christian faith, derived from the Catholic Congregatio de propaganda fide (Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith; Mission) founded in 1622. Historians, however, apply the term to the en…

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Tischer, Anuschka, “Propaganda”, 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 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025972>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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