PhD Project: Urban Elite Culture – A Survey and Methodological Study of Aristocracy and Civic Elites in Trading Towns of the Southwestern Baltic (12th–14th c.)

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This project is a comparative study of elite groups in towns in Denmark and Northern Germany from the 12th to the 14th centuries, with a particular focus on nobles as an underexplored social group in the urban context. On the base of two case studies, the Danish town Næstved and the Hanseatic town Stralsund, the significance, appearance and relationships of noble and civic elites are examined.

The following three main aspects are guiding my research:
• The impact of elites on town formation and urban development
• The characterisation of urban elite culture
• A methodological discussion: The question of a social differentiation in the archaeological and historical record of towns

The project aims to provide new perspectives and a deeper understanding of the social relations and their dynamics in the towns of the southwestern Baltic. The examination of urban elites will extend our knowledge of emerging power structures in towns, thus provide significant insights into the social organisation of the urban settlements.
Effective start/end date01/09/201731/08/2020

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