Chronicle, town
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1. Form

The term town chronicle denotes a chronological historical narrative (see Chronicle) that focuses on the history of a town (History, town). In early modern Europe, it could take a great variety of forms: purely annalistic chronicles, listing events year by year, contrast with chronicles having elaborate internal organization into chapters and subchapters that interrupt the chronological sequence, as do excursuses and d…

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Riegg, Ernst, “Chronicle, town”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 September 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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