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In the foreword to the 19th edition of the Brockhaus (1896), refuse was treated “as a key concept of our age,” and waste disposal was included among the 240 lemmata “that characterize our present intellectual and social situation.” A historical analysis of relevant lemmata in 18th and 19th-century encyclopedias reveals highly diverse conceptual fields [8]. In 1732, J.H. Zedler included under Abfall (refuse, waste, but also decline) infidelity towards God and rulers, differences in level in watercourses, and the decline in ore content in mining [5]. Even in the middle of …

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Reith, Reinhold, “Refuse”, 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 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_016535>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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