Abstract

In referring to the sociological concept of community as a cultural field with a complex of symbols, this article examines social and organizational principles of an early modern city and explores the processes that might have contributed to the gradual metamorphosis of the medieval burgher community into modern urban society. The issue is demonstrated, in particular, through an analysis of so far sporadically studied and little known (East) Central European urban sources. Terra incognita to most comparative urban historians, (East) Central Europe in this article embraces historical territories of the Bohemian Lands, Habsburg Hungary, and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth with overlaps to the Holy Roman Empire.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1832-8334
Print ISSN
0313-6221
Pages
pp. 165-187
Launched on MUSE
2012-08-08
Open Access
No
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