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The Quakers (from “quake”), or “Religious Society of Friends” as they have been known since the 19th century, are a Christian religious group that emerged in northwestern England in the mid-17th century, and that is particularly well established in the English-speaking world and in some Latin American and African countries. The Quakers, Mennonites, and Church of the Brethren comprise the three historic “peace churches.”

The founder of this religious movement was …

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Martin, Lucinda, “Quaker”, 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 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026087>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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