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Security is a central term of modern political language. Since the late 20th century at the latest, it has unmistakably supplanted the term peace not only in the everyday language of politics but also in official documents. This process reflects the pre-modern understanding of security: throughout the early modern period, security (Latin securitas, French securité, German Sicherheit) was a central concept closely related to peace. Of course there were clear differences between t…

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Kampmann, Christoph and Mathieu, Christian, “Security”, 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 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027478>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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