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The Legal Rights of Religious Refugees in the Refugee-Cities of Early Modern Germany

Kaplan, BJ; (2019) The Legal Rights of Religious Refugees in the Refugee-Cities of Early Modern Germany. Journal of Refugee Studies , 32 (1) pp. 86-105. 10.1093/jrs/fey010. Green open access

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Abstract

Nowhere in early modern Europe (fifteenth to eighteenth centuries) did religious refugees enjoy more special legal protections than they did in the so-called ‘refugee-cities’ (Exulantenstädte) of Germany. These were new cities founded, mostly in the seventeenth century, by German princes with the express intention of attracting religious refugees to settle them. Offering two case studies, of Neuhanau and Neuwied, this article examines the legal provisions that extended personal, economic, civil and religious rights to the refugees who settled them. The article shows that these rights reflected the needs and desires of refugees as well as the agendas of early modern princes. It also shows why, to achieve the goals of both parties, it became standard practice to combine the refugees’ special rights with separate urban status for their settlements.

Type: Article
Title: The Legal Rights of Religious Refugees in the Refugee-Cities of Early Modern Germany
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/jrs/fey010
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/fey010
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10043318
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