The research project is supervised by an institution of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Its objective is the establishment of a tripartite analytic-semantic handbook, which essentially provides a new foundation for the history of towns and urbanization during the premodern period. Additionally, it constitutes an important instrument for a multitude of historically oriented disciplines due to its broad scope and nuanced diversification.
The first section aims to compile an analytical catalogue of residential cities and seignorial central places of rule in the Holy Roman Empire. The second section focuses on communities, groups, and social structures in residential cities. Finally, the third section deals with the representation of the residential cities’ social and political organizations.
The handbook is considered a foundational work and will also be published online. Furthermore, several publications, conferences, the incorporation of doctoral and habilitation theses linked to the project are to be expected in addition to the handbook. Their topics will arise during the project’s duration of 14 years.