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Rural Society and the Search for Order in Early Modern Germany - Thomas Robisheaux

Rural Society and the Search for Order in Early Modern Germany

Hardcover Published: 24th April 2007
ISBN: 9780521356268
Number Of Pages: 316

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For the rural societies of Germany the early sixteenth century was a time of massive upheavals. In this probing study of village life, based upon rich manuscript sources from the old County of Hohenlohe, Thomas Robisheaux seeks to understand how petty German princes, Lutheran pastors, and villagers struggled to create order out of their confusing world. The Hohenlohe region experienced all of the turmoil associated with the sixteenth century, including a peasant near-rising in 1600, the brutal effects of the wage-price scissors, chronic shortages of land, famines, impoverishment, and the destructive cycles of war. By using concepts borrowed from anthropology, Professor Robisheaux looks for the way social hierarchy and discipline countered the disruptive changes of the age. The years between 1550 and 1620 saw new sources of stability and order created in the family; through systematized customs of inheritance; through market relationships; and in the practice of state power within the village.

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"Thomas Robisheaux provides a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on what has until very recently been a rather neglected period of German history--that between the the Peace of Augsburg and the Thirty Years' War. His meticulously researched and gracefully written book examines rural life in the small patrimonial estate of Hohenlohe in southwest Germany from roughly 1500 to 1680, with special emphasis on the period 1550 to 1620. Using an enviable variety of sources, Robisheaux both tests the theories of other historians regarding peasants and other rural groups and develops his own. The author uses a good blend of statistics, narrative, and analysis, and includes a chapter-by-chapter bibliographic essay rather than a standard bibliography." Merry E. Wiesner, The Sixteenth Century Journal

List of illustrations and tables
A note on usages
List of abbreviations
Agrarian Expansion, Revolt and the Decay of Community
Anatomy of a rural society
PeasantsG++ war and reformation
Rich and poor
Search for Order
Reformation, patriarchy and marital discipline
Defending the patrimony
The unchristian economy
Threat of revolt
Crisis and Recovery
Agrarian order restored
Village society and the practice of state power
Manuscript sources
Bibliographical essay
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ISBN: 9780521356268
ISBN-10: 0521356261
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 24th April 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.64

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