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The Latin term res has a wide range of meanings that lived on in medieval and early modern Latin literature and also influenced vernacular usage. The most common translation for res in German – Sache (thing, object) – was used in Middle High German as a legal term, meaning a “(judicial) case,” “dispute,” or even – reflecting the Latin causa, sometimes used synonymously with res – “cause” [1]. This usage of Sache became generalized in scholarly early modern German literature, as Sache replaced the technical Latin terms res and …

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Friedrich, Wolfgang, “Res”, 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 07 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026882>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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