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Ethnicity is generally understood as consciousness of belonging to an ethnos or ethnic group. The term has only been in use since the mid-20th century. It has become a key category in the social sciences since the 1970s, with the evident failure of the expectation that immigra…

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Gabbert, Wolfgang and Kunze, Rolf-Ulrich, “Ethnicity”, 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 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018969>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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