Session1206
TitleForces and Structures of Community-Building in Medieval Europe, I: Central Europe
Date/TimeWednesday 14 July 2010: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorVorarlberger Landesarchiv
 
OrganiserMathias Moosbrugger, Institut für Systematische Theologie, Universität Innsbruck
 
Moderator/ChairBrigitte Resl, Faculty of Arts, Cultures & Education, University of Hull
 
Paper 1206-a Were Village Communities Weak in Late Medieval East-Central Europe?: Evidence from Village Court Rolls from Poland and the Czech Lands
(Language: English)
Markus Cerman,
Piotr Guzowski, Institute of History, University of Bialystok
Index Terms: Administration; Law
Paper 1206-b Communities in Late Medieval Austria and Bavaria: Bottom-up, Top-down, or Not at All?
(Language: English)
Herwig Weigl, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung / Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Index Terms: Charters and Diplomatics; Law; Literacy and Orality; Social History
Paper 1206-c Parish or Perish!: Rural Parochial Communities in the German South-West as Instruments of Extra-Communal Authority
(Language: English)
Mathias Moosbrugger, Institut für Systematische Theologie, Universität Innsbruck
Index Terms: Law; Social History
 
AbstractA striking phenomenon of European history in the late Middle Ages is the emergence of local communities with considerable influence in social, political, and economic affairs. The most important theoretical impact on how to understand the development of such communal entities in the last decades has been caused by Peter Blickle's concept of 'communalism', interpreting (especially rural) communities as being created by peasants themselves. These two sessions reconstruct various examples of community-building in medieval Europe and thus aim to critically discuss the theory of 'communalism' and to suggest new heuristic and hermeneutical approaches to this matter.