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Small town
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The urban typology of the small town is determined primarily by the quantitative criterion of its population. The quantitative distinction between a small town and a town of moderate size is a modern invention that did not become important until the second half of the 19th century, especially in the context of urban history and urban studies, along with modern statistics. In the late Middle Ages and the first centuries of the early modern period, a purely quantitative categorization of  Central European towns was not…

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Keller, Katrin, “Small 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 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_022299>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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