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Impoverishment
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[German Version]

The intransitive meaning of the German verb verelenden, which is already attested in Middle High German, is “to sink into misery,” while its transitive use means “to drive someone into poverty.” The related verb verelendigen means “to drive out of the land, to bring misery upon someone.” Elend (misery) was the term with which the social criticism of the early 19th century denounced the impoverishment of large segments of the population that accompanied the simultaneous increase of general prosperity resulting from progressing industrialization. In contrast to …

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Körtner, Ulrich H. J., “Impoverishment”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026304>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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