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Mittwochgesellschaft
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1. Definition and purpose

“The members’ sole purpose was to have a rational discussion of interesting things, especially in the sciences, in order to enlighten their minds by reciprocal, friendly exchange of ideas. [...] All the members were genuine friends of humankind” [2. 96]. This contemporary description of the Berlin Mittwochgesellschaft (“Wednesday Society”; 1783–1798) [5], which was also called the “Private Society of Friends of Erudition” or “Society of Frie…

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Schmale, Wolfgang, “Mittwochgesellschaft”, 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 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024176>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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