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Firefighting
(1,969 words)

1. Combating and preventing fires

Fires have always been feared events that threaten life and property, and during the Middle Ages and early modern period, especially in towns and cities (Town), entire quarters and districts, even whole towns fell victim to them because of the high density of buildings (Fire, town/city; Building code). Measures introduced by magistrates for combating and preventing fires were reflected in munic…

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Troitzsch, Ulrich, “Firefighting”, 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 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019242>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126



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