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1. Introduction

The word “exile” (Latin exilium, “banishment”) denotes the absence of a person or a group from their own homeland by reason of banishment, deprivation of citizenship, or religious, political, or ethnic persecution. Unlike the wider concept of emigration, exile implies departure under coercion. Exile involves crossing an administrative frontier, or in the early modern period a national or territorial boundary. “Exile” and “exiles” (tho…

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Esser, Raingard, “Exile”, 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 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019029>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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