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The political term republicanism was coined toward the end of the 17th century in England “as a catchword used to disparage anti-monarchic attitudes bent on establishing a republic” [9. 57]. It was first used in this sense in 18th-century France, until in the second half of the century it took on a positive meaning in the context of the American Revolution and the French Revolution (1789). Today …

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Weber, Wolfgang E.J., “Republicanism”, 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 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026615>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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