Matheus Miller was a bourgeois in the strict sense of the term. He was a burgher of Augsburg, a townsman who drew his sustenance and his identity from his participation in and close association with a specific place. Yet, Matheus was a bourgeois of a different stripe. Rather than a captive rentier, living conservatively within his means and according to expectations, he shaped and changed his life in Augsburg. Through well-laid schemes, he created an ordered existence that was both rational and irrational, born of public engagements in commercial and political affairs but shaped by family ties and personal prejudices.
KeywordsPublic Engagement Walk Away Political Affair Personal Prejudice Paternal Benevolence
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