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Rural society
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1. Town vs. country

While the term agrarian society – often conceived as a stage of development – characterizes a society as a whole (Society [community]), it makes sense to speak of a rural society only when alternative lifestyles and forms of production are available to a substantial group of people. In the territory north of the Alps, this was the cas…

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Troßbach, Werner, “Rural society”, 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 01 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023057>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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