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Passport
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1. Origins in the 15th and 16th centuries

“Passport” was adopted into English from the French passeport/Italian passaporto, to denote a document that allowed a person to pass through a port. In the same way, German adopted Passborten and its abbreviated form Pass, as well as Reisepass (“travel pass”), Passbrief (“pass letter”), and Passzettel (“pass bill”). The passport became an indispensable early modern travel aid. As a certificate of identity, it w…

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Didczuneit, Veit, “Passport”, 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 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026475>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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