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Settlement is generally understood as a collective term for establishing human habitation. It refers broadly to housing designed to satisfy all kinds of human needs – shelter, work, worship, politics, assembly, convalescence. In the narrower sense, settlement denotes clusters of dwellings that in the early modern period might extend from farmsteads (Farm) and hamlets with a few house…

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Dix, Andreas, “Settlement”, 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 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027490>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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