Drinking Matters

Public Houses and Social Exchange in Early Modern Central Europe

  • Beat Kümin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

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  3. The Context of Public Drinking

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  4. Functions of the Early Modern Public House

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  5. Public Houses in Early Modern Society

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-283

About this book


Offering the first comparative survey of public houses in pre-industrial Europe and drawing on a vast range of primary sources, this study establishes inns and taverns as principal communication sites in local communities. Contested and continuously renegotiated, they catered for basic human needs as well as infinite forms of social exchange.


communication comparative drawing Europe interaction interpret society

Authors and affiliations

  • Beat Kümin
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  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

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