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Barracks are areas of residential and other buildings used for military purposes and to a greater or lesser extent demarcated from their surroundings, with access usually regulated and monitored. The concept in most European languages is given by a loan word from the French caserne, which probably originally meant a guard room housing four soldiers (from Latin quaderna). Other possible derivations  include a corruption of the Italian casa d’arma (“house of armsˮ) or the Spanish caserna (“spacious houseˮ). Besides barracks, English also used terms such as “campˮ and “fortˮ.

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Pröve, Ralf, “Barracks”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 23 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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