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Elias, Norbert
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(Jun 22, 1897, Breslau – Aug 1, 1990, Amsterdam). In 1939 Elias published his most significant work, Über den Prozeß der Zivilisation (ET: The Civilizing Process: The History of Manners, 1978), though the work remained virtually unnoticed until a new edition was published in 1969. Elias was concerned with developing an interdisciplinary “humane science” combining psychogenesis and sociogenesis in an investigation of their interdependence and their respective, specific figurations. In the development of French absolutism, Elias observed how the struggle …

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Münch, Richard, “Elias, Norbert”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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