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Metaphors of society
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1. Metaphors of social unity

Metaphors were used in the early modern period to portray the unity of society or to clarify (supposed) characteristics of specific estates of the realm or social groups. The unity of society and the political commonwealth was generally evoked in reference to metaphors and allegories of the body (see below, 2.). Recourse could be made here not o…

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Schmale, Wolfgang, “Metaphors of society”, 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 18 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020100>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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