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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

Studies in Central European Histories is a peer-reviewed book series that presents original work and translations of the histories of the German-speaking and closely related peoples of Central Europe between the Middle Ages and the present. It aims to bring forward new and neglected perspectives on important subjects and issues in the histories of these peoples. The series is designed for advanced students and scholars of German and European history in the early modern and modern periods.

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