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1. Definition

Retirement is both a phase in the curriculum vitae following retreat from gainful employment and a lifestyle characterized less by age-related limitations than by a spectrum of activities unrelated to earning a living. The concept of retirement emerged in a variety of historical contexts in early modern Europe, with terminology that varied from language to language. English retirement is attested from the mid-17th cen…

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Ehmer, Josef, “Retirement”, 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 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026836>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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