Abandoned settlement
(1,104 words)

1. Concept and terms

The modern German term for abandoned settlements, Wüstungen (from 14th century wustunge), relates to both abandoned settlements and abandoned agricultural areas [8. 113]. In order to cover the variety of instances of abandonment, the concept has been refined and broadened since the early days of scholarly research in the mid-19th century. Cases of abandonment are thus distinguished into abandoned villages and abando…

Cite this page
Ebert, Jochen, “Abandoned settlement”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 27 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030629>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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