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1.1. Introduction

The term town denotes a settlement with either a town charter or a large population and compact development (on the problem of defining a town, see [21]; see also Rural society 1.). A town charter gave the corporation and its citizens legal and economic privileges (especially civic rights; market rights; staple rights; the right to hold a trade fair) and allowed the citizens to participate directly or indirectly in local political decisions (Council [administrative]Mayor). In some case…

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Fahrmeir, Andreas, Kleinschmidt, Erich, Rode-Breymann, Susanne and Jöchner, Cornelia, “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 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028004>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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