//Entries by Hervé Vieillard-Baron

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The very definition of the word ghetto is fraught with ambiguities, since it covers several meanings that have evolved separately in rather uncontrolled manner: -there is the meaning associated with the history of the relegation of the Jews in 16th century by the Venice the Serenissima; -a geographical meaning, that of a closed quarter; -a […]

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The words “suburb” in English and “banlieue” (1) in French are semantically close in several ways. The French covers three meanings that follow on one another chronologically: a legal meaning relating to rights and duties of part of the inhabitants in Medieval times, a geographical meaning which is that of the urbanised belt dependent upon […]