Marc R. Forster
In post-Thirty Years’ War Germany, rural people sought to bring peace and order to village life and to bring order they increasingly filed charges in court, part of a wider process of Verrechtlichung (juridification) occurring across Germany after 1650. The work of local courts, which were generally inexpensive and accessible, contributed to a growing appreciation of state institutions. Using the example of a village Frevelgericht in the South Baden village of Wollmatingen, this article examines the variety of cases handled by this court, with a focus on bringing peace to streets and public spaces. The effort to regulate those spaces reflects a process of state-building from below.
Editorial-board Steven Beller, Marc R. Forster, Atina Grossmann, Peter Hayes, Susan Karant-Nunn, Mary Lindemann, H.C. Erik Midelfort, David Sabean, Jonathan Sperber and Jan de Vries
General Editors: David M. Luebke and Celia Applegate.
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