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1. Concept and discourse history

1.1. Semantic field

The variety and contradictoriness of the ideas associated with the concept of Reich (German, roughly meaning “realm”, “empire”) are products of the diversity of memorial cultures, the traditions of respective scholarly disciplines, and the complex use of language. Most of these ideas can be traced back to the ancient Roman Empire (Latin Imperium Romanum, German Römisches Reich), the archetypal empire of the …

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Wendehorst, Stephan, “Reich”, 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 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026339>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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