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Public houses and civic tensions in early modern Bern

By Beat A. Kümin


This article examines the delicate relationship between the civic privilege of wine retailing and the constitutional emphasis on order in a city republic. Burghers appreciated the revenues from beverage sales, while urban\ud authorities worried about destabilizing effects. In the context of state formation, Bern claimed control over public houses throughout its territory, but closer analysis\ud suggests that socio-economic and political interests were constantly renegotiated, not only within the capital but also between centre and periphery.\u

Topics: HV, D1
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2007
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