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date: 24 June 2019

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Baroque is often considered as a category of style specific to the historical period extending roughly from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-eighteenth century. The term “baroque” has also been applied to later periods, frequently with regard to works in the visual, musical, and performing arts as well as in literature, in which similar style markers appear. This entry, like several others in this volume, argues that the Baroque, as historical period, can also be fruitfully understood as a massive challenge of organization occasioned by geographic and scientific discoveries as well as by religious reformations. There are traits of the Baroque throughout the European society of this period and, as a consequence of European colonization of other continents, throughout the world.

Keywords: baroque, mechanism, exploration, classification, science, Council of Trent, absolutism, regularity

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