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Industrial town
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The classification “industrial town” seems to represent a pleonasm: any town, including agricultural towns (Ackerbürgerstadt), was distinguished from its surrounding area by the concentration and promotion of crafts and trades, industrial trades and crafts, and trade. However, a new type of industrial town began to emerge in the late 16th century in many parts of Europe, in which the place of industry was conspicuously larger than in other towns, often dominated production of one particular craft, and not always organized by a guild. In many places, these developments went…

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Keller, Katrin, “Industrial 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 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_020208>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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