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Publicity, publication
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The German word Publizität is a neologism borrowed as a French loanword in the 1780s. For a relatively short time it became a veritable buzzword. though it soon met competition from the term Öffentlichkeit (Public sphere), which largely replaced it. The Staatslexikon of Rotteck and Welcker merely has a cross reference from Publizität to Öffentlichkeit [1]. In 1794, Joachim Heinrich Campe claimed to have coined Öffentlichkeit as a translation of Publizität, but the terms were not totally synonymous [10. 38–42]; [2. 557].

While the noun Publikum (Public) – in part al…

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Requate, Jörg, “Publicity, publication”, 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 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026061>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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