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Informalität am Rande des Hofes. Anwesenheitskommunikation unter Gothaer Gelehrten um 1700

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What was life like for scholars on the fringe of the Gotha court? This contribution argues that if we want to explore the everyday life of scholars, their contacts with each other and with their rulers, we have to consider not only the formal and literary media of courtly communication, but also the numerous “weak” media of informal communication, especially on the fringes of court life. We also need such informal communications to estimate the “communication chances” of the scholars: audiences and intellectual circles, meetings in book shops and at fairs, common laboratory life and encounters in the stagecoach played a considerable role. The “ephemeral” Gotha was more diverse than one might expect.


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