Town, Country, and Regions in Reformation Germany


This collection of essays covers relations between town and country, regional economic systems, and historical regional studies in late medieval and early modern Germany, in particular how these bear upon social and religious change in the age of the Reformation. Starting from case-studies of South-West Germany, Switzerland and Alsace, the essays broaden out to consider the formation of economic landscapes, the development of urban territories, and the survival of forms of serfdom throughout Germany as a whole. While issues of economic and social structure take pride of place, they are accompanied by analysis of regional mentalities and cultural identities as well.
With an Introduction by Tom Brady.

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Tom Scott Ph.D. (Cambridge) is Honorary Professor of History at the Institute of Reformation Studies in the University of St. Andrews.
This book offers superb regional histories exploring the often complex relationships between towns and their rural surroundings, as well as the role of the territories in the region. Together they demonstrate many factors that shaped interactions between burghers and peasants. In addition, they show the benefits that regional studies can offer scholars of the period. The author indeed achieves one of his stated goals for this collection: to offer a framework (or methodology) for understanding regional histories by providing opportunities to compare and contrast local experiences. (…) Overall there is rnuch to be gained by reading this collection; Scott provides a compelling critique of Blickle's Communal Reformation thesis and, perhaps more importantly, the essays use excellent local histories to compare and contrast experiences, encouraging readers to reevaluate their understanding of this region in the late medieval and early modern periods.’ Michael S. Springer, Institute for European History, Mainz, Sixteenth Century Journal
Acknowledgements List of Illustrations, Maps, and Tables Note on Usage Author’s Preface Introduction, Thomas A. Brady, Jr PART I. TOWN AND COUNTRY BETWEEN REFORM AND REVOLT 1. Reformation and Peasants’ War in Waldshut and Environs: A Structural Analysis 2. The Communal Reformation between Town and Country 3. The ‘Butzenkrieg’: The Rouffach Revolt of 1514 4. Freiburg and the Bundschuh 5. From the Bundschuh to the Peasants’ War: From Revolutionary Conspiracy to the Revolution of the Common Man 6. South-West German Towns in the Peasants’ War: Alliances between Opportunism and Solidarity PART II. ECONOMIC LANDSCAPES 7. Economic Landscapes 8. Town and Country in the German-speaking Lands, 1350–1600 9. Defining an Economic Region: The Southern Upper Rhine, 1450–1600 10. Medium-sized and Small Towns on the Upper Rhine in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries between Domination and Competition 11. The Territorial Policy of Freiburg im Breisgau in the Later Middle Ages PART III. REGIONS AND LOCAL IDENTITIES 12. Alsace as an Economic Bridging Landscape in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries 13. The ‘Revolutionary of the Upper Rhine’ and Outer Austria. Visions of Reform between Empire and Territory 14. Liberty and Community in Medieval Switzerland 15. South-West German Serfdom in Comparative Perspective Places of Original Publication Index of Names and Places Index of Subjects
Scholars and Students of the Reformation, of regional historical studies, economic history, and geography of late-medieval and early-modern Europe.