The Myth of the Commune: Recent Historiography on city and Reformation in Germany

  title={The Myth of the Commune: Recent Historiography on city and Reformation in Germany},
  author={Ronnie Po-chia Hsia},
  journal={Central European History},
  pages={203 - 215}
  • R. Hsia
  • Published 1 September 1987
  • History
  • Central European History
ANY review ofthe historiography ofthe urban Reformation has A\ to start with Bernd Moeller's 1962 landmark essay, "Reichs-Z_ -X. stadt und Reformation." One famous sentence in the essay, "The German city ofthe Late Middle Ages had a tendency to see itself as a corpus christianum in miniature," had already been formulated earlier.1 Moeller himself acknowledged the influence of Alfred Schultze's 1918 study, Stadtgemeinde und Reformation, in pointing out 
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