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A great many groups and activities come under the category of itinerancy. In essence, itinerants were migrants moving into a particular region as traveling tradespeople intending to sell their wares and services. Like most migrants (or vagrants, as they were often called), they tended to come from poorer regions, such as mountainous areas, where opportunities for employment were insufficient and it was necessary to augment income by traveling away to work (Occupational migration) [1]; [2]; [6].

A distinction can be drawn between itinerants who traveled without their fa…

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Lucassen, Jan and Lucassen, Leo, “Itinerancy”, 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 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_019099>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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