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The word Spinnstube means both a room set aside for spinning and a rural European custom during winter evenings, observed primarily from the 16th century until the 19th century, but continued in places until WWI. The Spinnstube combined work with sociability: family, friends, and neighbors met to spin yarn or engage in other handwork. The various German-speaking regions had different terms for a Spinnst…

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Frey, Jana, “Spinnstube”, 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 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027789>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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