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In the history of concepts and ideas, the notion of the public is closely associated with the emergence of bourgeois society. Like publicity, publication, publicist, and publicize, the term public belongs to a lexical field that goes back (with variants in different national languages) to the Latin adjective publicus (public) and its nominalized form publicum. From these roots, the modern concept of the public (German das Publikum, French le public) occupies three semantic levels: that of the state, that of society, and that of openness (i.e. not secret) [7] (Arcana imperii)…

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Requate, Jörg, “Public”, 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 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026059>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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