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Societies, Theological
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The roots of scientific societies go back to the learned societies of the Enlightenment. In the secular form of private associations, scholars began joining in specialized societies in the post-Napoleonic period (Vormärz); they wished to articulate their interests, influence public opinion, and organize discussions of central questions in their fields. Communication within these societies took the form of congresses, circular letters, and specialized journals. Historians of cultur…

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WilhelmGraf, Friedrich, “Societies, Theological”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_08557>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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