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Taverns And Inns In The German Countryside: Male Honor And Public Space

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By the late seventeenth century there was at least one tavern in every village in southwest Germany. Taverns and inns of course performed many functions in the countryside. This chapter focuses the place of taverns in local life. It begins with the story of two men: Hans Schön and Hans Pfalzer and a tavern. The story of Hans Schön and Hans Pfalzer opens up many of the key issues related to inns and taverns in the German countryside, issues recognized by all the historians of early modern taverns, such as state regulation and its influence, sociability and conflict, and the construction of gender roles in these settings. The chapter argues, however, that inns and taverns were far more important as a locus of local communication, as a place where rumor and stories were shared and where local conflicts and disputes, that is local politics, took place.

Keywords: gender roles; German countryside; Hans Pfalzer; Hans Schön; inns; late seventeenth century; tavern



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