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1. Definition and introduction

Nepotism (from the Latin nepos, “grandson,” “nephew,” “descendant,”) denotes a policy of preferring the criterion of personal kinship in the bestowal of offices and benefits. Used in a very general sense today in relation to cronyism in business and politics, the word began life in early 17th-century Rome referring to a ve…

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Emich, Birgit, “Nepotism”, 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 07 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024717>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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