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Town hall
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1. Overview

The town hall (Latin domus consulum, Italian palazzo pubblico, French hôtel de ville, German Rathaus) presupposes the emergence of municipal self-government (Latin consules; Council [administrative]) as distinct from being under a royal, episcopal, or noble town overlord, as had been common in Europe since the high Middle Ages.

Town halls as expressions of municipal republican self-confidence appeared for the first time in the 13th century i…

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Behringer, Wolfgang and Albrecht, Stephan, “Town hall”, 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 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026142>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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