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As used by the sources as well as by historians, the term revolt covers a broad, loosely defined spectrum of resistance to various forms and types of exercise of power. The boundaries between revolt and protest, unrest (Civil unrest), food riotsfamine and food riots, uprisings, or even revolution and war (Peasants’ War) were fluid.

In the early modern period, we find side by side a variety of terms for insubordinate behavior of subjects (Latin…

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Schmale, Wolfgang, “Revolt”, 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 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026666>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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