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1. Definition

The denotation of frontier originates from English and North American usage tracing back to the military significance of the frontier town [3. 28]. Corresponding terms include French frontière and Spanish frontera.

The term is most often used in the study of history and geography. Ethnology gives less weight to the discussion of frontiers, since it focuses more on examination of separate societies case by case. I…

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Riekenberg, Michael, “Frontier”, 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 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019523>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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