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Mentality, History of
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The German term Mentalität has been used since the 1970s in the scientific language of German historians. It is formed from the French mentalité, adopted in the 18th century from the English “mentality,” which was derived in 17th-century philosophical language from the adjective “mental.” In France, mentalité entered common language during the 19th century. It became popular around 1900 in political language (Dreyfus affair) and in the school of the sociologist E. Durkheim. Through the historians Lucien Febvre (1878–1956) and Marc Bloch (1886–1944), t…

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Köpf, Ulrich, “Mentality, History of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13964>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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