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Provisions, urban supply of
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1. Challenges and assumptions

In the early modern period, practically without exception, grain products (Bread; Porridge) provided the basic source of nourishment for the urban population – especially for the poorer classes – until the second half of the 18th century, when the potato became similarly important. This was a major reason why urban food supplies were fundamentally prone to crises. Crop failure could lead to an e…

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Schmidt, Patrick, “Provisions, urban supply of”, 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 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023203>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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