Dithmarschen, a Medieval Peasant Republic

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Examines the existence of the Dithmarschen Republic (1227-1559), ruled by commoners who developed their own institutions, had their own written constitution, and successfully defended their political independence against the forces of Holstein, the combined powers of Schleswig and Holstein, and the united kingdom of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Argues that the unique characteristics of Dithmarschen are not unique. Concludes that the small size of the Republic finally prevented its survival due to a reluctance to dilute its sovereignty by associating more closely with neighboring states.


". . . rare and thrilling. Gracefully written, the first book in English to deal with this compelling subject and based upon years of devoted and costly research, Mr. Urban ... has brought forth something close to a masterpiece." - Prairie Scape

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