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Livestock trade
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1. Network of market towns

Cattle-driving and trading roads developed in and around livestock breeding regions from antiquity (cf. Animal husbandry). Livestock markets and fairs (Trade fair) took place from the high and late Middle Ages onwards, along roads that linked the breeding regions in the Mittelgebirge, Alpine foothills, and the Alps themselves, and in major centers of population. At first, the transregional livestock trade was…

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Rippmann, Dorothee, “Livestock trade”, 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 31 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029760>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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