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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Communal Age in Western Europe, c.1100-1800

Towns, Villages and Parishes in Pre-Modern Society

ISBN 9780230536852
Publication Date June 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Studies in European History

An essential introductory survey of the towns, villages and parishes in which people lived in the medieval and early modern periods. Beat Kumin assesses the similarities, differences and the wider significance of these communities for European society prior to 1800.

Beat Kumin is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Warwick, UK.

List of Figures.- Editors' Preface.- Preface.- Notes on the Text.- Introduction.- PART I: CASE STUDIES.- 1. The Italian City.- 2. The Village in the Holy Roman Empire.- 3. The English Parish.- PART II: LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE.- 4. Communal Cultures.- 5. Interactions.- PART III: ASSESSMENT.- 6. Perceptions and Debates.- Conclusions.- Bibliography.- Index.


"Highly recommended." - Choice "Kümin's book is a welcome survey of an important topic and makes a significant contribution to both scholars and students alike." - Ezra L. Plank, Communal Societies
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