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History, town
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1. Definition

Today town history is a historical subdiscipline. Its subject matter may be the history of a particular city or town, an urban system or network, or cities and towns in general (the emergence, development, and transformation of the social phenomenon). It has its roots in late medieval and early modern urban historiography.

2. Municipal historiography

Beyond the existence of urban settlement, urban historiograp…

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Rau, Susanne, “History, town”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028076>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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