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The term “city” indicates an area of concentrated inhabitation ranking, usually in size but sometimes more in status, as superior to the “town.” Exact definitions vary: in Germany a Großstadt is any town of more than 100,000 inhabitants, while in the UK the designation “city” is dependent on the status of a town as an episcopal seat with a cathedral, and in the US a city is a “town… incorporated and governed by a mayor and aldermen” (Webster). A city of one million inhabitants or more is often termed a “metro…

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Grünberg, Wolfgang, “City”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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