A Companion to Late Medieval and Early Modern Augsburg


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.
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Part I: The City
CHAPTER 1: Sources and Historiography
Helmut Graser, Mark Häberlein and B. Ann Tlusty
CHAPTER 2: Urban Topography, Population, Visual Representations
Barbara Rajkay
CHAPTER 3: Of Invisible Boundaries: Bodies, Plagues, and Healers
Claudia Stein
CHAPTER 4: Textual Representation: Chronicles
Gregor Rohmann
Part II: Economy, Politics, and the Law
CHAPTER 5: Production, Trade and Finance
Mark Häberlein
CHAPTER 6: Politics under the Guild Regime, 1368–1548
Christopher W. Close
CHAPTER 7: Politics under the Patrician Regime, 1548–1806
Mark Häberlein and Barbara Rajkay
CHAPTER 8: Crime and Punishment
Allyson F. Creasman
CHAPTER 9: Civil Law
Peter Kreutz
Part III: Religion and Society
CHAPTER 10: The Urban Reformation
Michele Zelinsky Hanson
CHAPTER 11: Catholic-Protestant Coexistence
Marjorie E. Plummer and B. Ann Tlusty
CHAPTER 12: Urban Society: Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility
Mark Häberlein and Reinhold Reith
CHAPTER 13: Women, Family, and Sexuality
Margaret Lewis
CHAPTER 14: Sociability and Leisure
B. Ann Tlusty
CHAPTER 15: The Experience of War
Andreas Flurschütz da Cruz
CHAPTER 16: Jews as Ethnic and Religious Minorities
Sabine Ullmann
Part IV: Communication, Cultural and Intellectual Life
CHAPTER 17: The Dissemination of News
Regina Dauser
CHAPTER 18: Book Production and Trade
Hans-Jörg Künast
CHAPTER 19: Dress and Material Culture
Victoria Bartels and Katherine Bond
CHAPTER 20: Learned Culture
Wolfgang E.J. Weber
CHAPTER 21: The Arts
Andrew Morrall
CHAPTER 22: Architecture
Dietrich Erben
CHAPTER 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.