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1. Concept

The Latin neologism chronologia first appeared in the 16th century, and has been defined as the calculation of time, the science of time, the process of calculating years and finally the science of calculating dates. In French like in English, occupation titles (chronologiste, “chronologer”) and verb forms (chronologiser, “to chronologize”) were also formed. In German, Zedler's Universal-Lexikon distinguished astronomical Chronologie, which strove for the…

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Dohrn-van Rossum, Gerhard, “Chronology”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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