Imperial villages : cultures of political freedom in the German lands, c. 1300-1800 / by Beat Kümin.
- Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 
- Studies in Central European histories, 1547-1217 ; volume 65
xiv, 277 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
- Holy Roman Empire -- Administrative and political divisions.
Holy Roman Empire -- Politics and government.
Central-local government relations -- Holy Roman Empmire.
Decentralization in government -- Holy Roman Empire.
Political culture -- Holy Roman Empire.
Country life -- Holy Roman Empire.
Administrative and political divisions.
Central-local government relations.
Politics and government.
Europe -- Holy Roman Empire.
- "Hundreds of rural communities tasted political freedom in the Holy Roman Empire. For shorter or longer periods, villagers managed local affairs without subjection to territorial overlords. In this first book-length study, Beat Kümin focuses on the five case studies of Gochsheim and Sennfeld (in present-day Bavaria), Sulzbach and Soden (Hesse) and Gersau (Switzerland). Adopting a comparative perspective across the late medieval and early modern periods, the analysis of multiple sources reveals distinct extents of rural self-government, the forging of communalized confessions and an enduring attachment to the empire. Negotiating inner tensions as well as mounting centralization pressures, Reichsdörfer provide privileged insights into rural micro-political cultures while their stories resonate with resurgent desires for greater local autonomy in Europe today"-- Provided by publisher.
- Polities without a prince : an introduction
Origins, evolutions and settings
Domestic affairs : co-operation and conflict
External relations : protectors and predators
Religious life : heaven and earth
Representations and perceptions
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Other format:
- Online version: Kümin, Beat A., author. Imperial villages
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