In general, the English word people refers to a specific group of humans, or to persons in a general sense.
A people may also be a group of humans which possess a common characteristic such as nationality, skin colour or a common culture. In the case of nationality, the group might be a nation.
The Old Testament refers to the people of Moses, who are considered a nation, a religion, and a culture. The individuals were assumed to share values, beliefs and a group identity. In practice, it was often hard to define such a group precisely, due to its static nature. As this type of racial identity is a compelling concept, such notions are often subverted as propaganda an attempts to promote political issues. In the West, a notable example is the German Nazi Party's propaganda against the Jews in the 1930s and 1940s.
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