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1. Theoretical foundations

1.1. Terminology

For centuries, the term diaspora referred only to the religious sphere (see below,. 3.), as a term for a congregation living far from the “Promised Land” or in a region dominated by a different congregation. However, in the last decades of the 20th century, the term came into vogue in the social and cultural sciences. In the United States and Britain, global processes of exchange, migrati…

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Mayer, Ruth and Haußig, Hans-Michael, “Diaspora”, 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 03 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018301>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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