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The earliest use of the term ghetto dates from the 16th century, when the Jews of Venice were forced in 1516 to move into the Ghetto Nuovo, a foundry distict (Ital. gettare, “cast”) [8. 23 f.]. Until the early 19th century, the Italian term was apparently limited to the Italian Peninsula, but outside Italy it also de facto denoted a separate, compulsorily isolated neighborhood outside of which …

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Klein, Birgit E., “Ghetto”, 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 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020245>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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