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Saddle Period
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[German Version]

(Ger. Sattelzeit) has become a central concept in the exploration of conceptual history by German historians. It was coined spontaneously by Reinhard Koselleck in the planning stage of a lexicon sponsored by the Arbeitskreis für moderne Sozialgeschichte, Geschichtliche Grundbegriffe. Historisches Lexikon zur politisch-sozialen Sprache in Deutschland(8 vols. in 9, 1972–1997). It is possible that echoes of the concept of so-called axial or pivotal ages, developed by H. Freyer and C. Schmitt (among others), played a role. Koselleck, born in 1923, was a…

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Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, “Saddle Period”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025223>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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