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Trading town
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The term trading town denotes an urban typology defined primarily on the basis of economic functions. Of course, the function as a market for the surrounding region and hence an import role (at least locally) in the transportation network is a fundamental characteristic of every town. In the case of market towns, however, the relevance of inclusion in the long-distance trade network (Trade, Long-distance) extends far beyond this basic function as a central regional market. A critical factor in the development of a town into a trading town was it loca…

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Keller, Katrin, “Trading 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 26 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_020644>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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