Ackerbürgerstadt
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This term was devised by Max Weber to define an urban typology already discernible in the Middle Ages on the basis of certain economic and social characteristics. An Ackerbürgerstadt was a town in the legal-historical sense, thus a settlement possessing urban rights; but its inhabitants, besides pursuing crafts and trades or earning their livelihood as suppliers of services, were engaged in agriculture to a considerable extent. Critical for inclusion in this category of town is the extent of that agricultural involvement. While agriculture, animal husband…

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Keller, Katrin, “Ackerbürgerstadt”, 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 13 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_016561>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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