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From the last third of the 19th century up until far into the 20th century, the question of assimilation influenced socio-scientific thoughts, as well as the public political discourse. Originating in the natural sciences, this term developed an ambivalent potential in its use in society because assimilation – commonly understood as the adjustment of a minority to the majority surro…

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Amos Morris-Reich, Haifa, “Assimilation”, 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 18 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409

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