A Companion to Late Medieval and Early Modern Augsburg


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A Companion to Late Medieval and Early Modern Augsburg introduces readers to major political, social and economic developments in Augsburg from c. 1400 to c. 1800 as well as to those themes of social and cultural history that have made research on this imperial city especially fruitful and stimulating. The volume comprises contributions by an international team of 23 scholars, providing a range of the most significant scholarly approaches to Augsburg’s past from a variety of perspectives, disciplines, and methodologies. Building on the impressive number of recent innovative studies on this large and prosperous early modern city, the contributions distill the extraordinary range and creativity of recent scholarship on Augsburg into a handbook format.

Contributors are Victoria Bartels, Katy Bond, Christopher W. Close, Allyson Creasman, Regina Dauser, Dietrich Erben, Alexander J. Fisher, Andreas Flurschütz da Cruz, Helmut Graser, Mark Häberlein, Michele Zelinsky Hanson, Peter Kreutz, Hans-Jörg Künast, Margaret Lewis, Andrew Morrall, Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer, Barbara Rajkay, Reinhold Reith, Gregor Rohmann, Claudia Stein, B. Ann Tlusty, Sabine Ullmann, Wolfgang E.J. Weber.

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B. Ann Tlusty is Professor of History at Bucknell University and the author of numerous books, articles, and source collections on early modern Germany. Her primary focus is on gendered behaviors including drinking, gambling, violence, military culture, and masculine magic.

Mark Häberlein is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Bamberg, where he has been teaching since 2004. He has published widely on early modern trade and merchant networks, urban history, and eighteenth-century transatlantic migration.
"B. Ann Tlusty and Mark Häberlein’s monumental volume on late medieval and early modern Augsburg brings the history of this intriguing, and in many ways unusual, imperial city to a wider anglophone audience.[...] There is no doubt that this volume must stand as one of the most complete and wide-ranging surveys of any single early modern city.[...] a supremely impressive achievement, and it will undoubtedly succeed in bringing the intriguing history of Augsburg to a wider audience for a long time to come".
Justin Colson, in German Historical Institute London Bulletin, 43 (1), 2021.

"Le volume est une très bonne introduction à l’histoire et l’historiographie d’Augsbourg au début des Temps modernes. [...] Cette publication permettra aux lectrices et lecteurs non germanophones de découvrir les résultats de recherches sur une ville très importante du Saint Empire et un centre commercial et culturel prémoderne. [...] Pour les lecteurs germanophones, le livre offre surtout un très bon bilan d’ensemble/résumé sur les recherches sur Augsbourg au XVIe siècle, à une époque de floraison économique et culturelle et une invitation à découvrir davantage l’histoire fascinante de cette ville."
Gisela Naegle, in Francia Recensio, 2021 / 3.
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part 1: The City

1 Sources and Historiography
Helmut Graser, Mark Häberlein and B. Ann Tlusty

2 Urban Topography, Population, Visual Representations
Barbara Rajkay

3 Of Invisible Boundaries: Bodies, Plagues, and Healers
Claudia Stein

4 Textual Representation: Chronicles
Gregor Rohmann

part 2: Economy, Politics, and the Law

5 Production, Trade, and Finance
Mark Häberlein

6 Politics under the Guild Regime, 1368–1548
Christopher W. Close

7 Politics under the Patrician Regime, 1548–1806
Mark Häberlein and Barbara Rajkay

8 Crime and Punishment
Allyson F. Creasman

9 Civil Law
Peter Kreutz

PART 3: Religion and Society

10 The Urban Reformation
Michele Zelinsky Hanson

11 Catholic-Protestant Coexistence
Marjorie E. Plummer and B. Ann Tlusty

12 Urban Society: Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility
Mark Häberlein and Reinhold Reith

13 Women, Family, and Sexuality
Margaret Lewis

14 Sociability and Leisure
B. Ann Tlusty

15 The Experience of War
Andreas Flurschütz da Cruz

16 Jews as Ethnic and Religious Minorities
Sabine Ullmann

PART 4: Communication, Cultural and Intellectual Life

17 The Dissemination of News
Regina Dauser

18 Book Production and Trade
Hans-Jörg Künast
Translated by Christine R. Johnson

19 Dress and Material Culture
Victoria Bartels and Katherine Bond

20 Learned Culture
Wolfgang E.J. Weber

21 The Arts
Andrew Morrall

22 Architecture
Dietrich Erben

23 Music
Alexander J. Fisher

Anyone interested in early modern urban history, including students, graduate students, and scholars, as well as general readers with an interest in Augsburg.
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