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In the late Middle Ages and early modern era, Jews in Spain and Portugal were repeatedly forcibly converted to Christianity. These Conversos and their descendants, in their own self-perception and that of others, constituted a unique ethnic-religious group. From the beginning of the 16th century on, they began to emigrate into European and overseas trade centers to escape social discrimination and persecution by …

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Graizbord, David, “Conversos”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0157>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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