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Barracks are areas of residential and other buildings used for military purposes and to a greater or lesser extent demarcated from their surroundings, with access usually regulated and monitored. The concept in most European languages is given by a loan word from the French caserne, which probably originally meant a guard room housing four soldiers (from Latin quaderna). Other possible derivations  include a corruption of the Italian casa d’arma (“house of armsˮ) or the Spanish caserna (“spacious houseˮ). Besides barracks, English also used terms such as “campˮ and “fortˮ.

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Pröve, Ralf, “Barracks”, 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 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_021991>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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