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Pale of Settlement
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An area of 15 provinces along the western border of the Russian Empire stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. The Pale of Settlement (Rus. Cherta osedlosti) was almost the only region in the Czarist Empire in which Jews were allowed to settle permanently. It was the result of the Russian population policy to isolate certain population groups and limit their settlement to a specific region. The Pale of Settlement was not formally dissolved until the February Revo…

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Avrutin, Eugene M., “Pale of Settlement”, 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 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0034>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312

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