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Author Kümin, Beat A., author

Title Imperial villages : cultures of political freedom in the German lands, c. 1300-1800 / by Beat Kümin
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 277 pages)
Series Studies in Central European histories, 1547-1217 ; volume 65
Studies in Central European histories ; v. 65
Contents Polities without a prince : an introduction -- Origins, evolutions and settings -- Domestic affairs : co-operation and conflict -- External relations : protectors and predators -- Religious life : heaven and earth -- Representations and perceptions -- Conclusions
Summary "Hundreds of rural communities tasted political freedom in the Holy Roman Empire. For shorter or longer periods, villagers managed local affairs without subjection to territorial overlords. In this first book-length study, Beat Kümin focuses on the five case studies of Gochsheim and Sennfeld (in present-day Bavaria), Sulzbach and Soden (Hesse) and Gersau (Switzerland). Adopting a comparative perspective across the late medieval and early modern periods, the analysis of multiple sources reveals distinct extents of rural self-government, the forging of communalized confessions and an enduring attachment to the empire. Negotiating inner tensions as well as mounting centralization pressures, Reichsdörfer provide privileged insights into rural micro-political cultures while their stories resonate with resurgent desires for greater local autonomy in Europe today"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 13, 2019)
Subject Central-local government relations -- Holy Roman Empmire
Country life -- Holy Roman Empire
Decentralization in government -- Holy Roman Empire
Political culture -- Holy Roman Empire
Administrative and political divisions.
Central-local government relations.
Country life.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
Political culture.
Politics and government.
Holy Roman Empire -- Administrative and political divisions
Holy Roman Empire -- Politics and government
Europe -- Holy Roman Empire.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019012878
ISBN 9004396608