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Public house
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1. Definition

In the early modern period, a public house or pub (German Gasthaus) was a location where, for a fee, strangers could spend the night and be provided with food (Dining) and drink and other services. The spread of commercial public houses was associated with increasing mobility and structural changes in travel. Public houses established themselves as infrastructural hubs beginning in the 11th century, initially along the pilgrimage routes and the most importa…

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Fuchs, Antje, “Public house”, 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 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_062091>
First published online: 2021
First print edition: 20210107

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