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Mining town
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In European urban historiography, the term mining town is used in two senses. (1) In the broader functional sense, it denotes a town characterized primarily by the mining and processing of ores or other mineral deposits. Mining could also transform existing towns, especially in the case of black coal mining, for example in England and Germany (especially in the 18th century). (2) There is also a narrower, legal definition of a mining town (14th through 17th centuries): in contrast to the surrounding region, territorial sovereigns (Territorial sovereignty [Holy Roman Empire])…

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Reininghaus, Wilfried, “Mining 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 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017499>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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