“Policey” and Environment as a Form of “Social Discipline” in Early Modern Hamburg

  • N. Lange
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Abstract

The 16th century marked the beginning of Hamburg’s heyday both as a commercial centre and as a bastion of political and religious tolerance. Many people were attracted by the relative prosperity and the stable political climate of the German town. Among these were numerous foreign traders and craftsmen. They had suffered religious or political persecution in their native countries following the 30-Year War and thus sought refuge in Hamburg. The hanseatic town’s reputation as a trade centre was enhanced both by its newly gained trading connections and by the introduction of the migrants’ modern commercial practices. Additionally, Hamburg also proved attractive to the less wealthy and powerful. Persistent political and economic crises had compelled many of these people to abandon their livelihoods in the country and to seek a new life in the town.

Keywords

Arena Burial Urem Monopoly 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Lange
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  1. 1.Hamburg 13Germany

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