Early Modern Democracy in the Grisons: Social Order and Political Language in a Swiss Mountain Canton, 1470-1620

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Cambridge University Press, May 9, 2002 - History - 308 pages
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The Freestate of the Three Leagues in the Grisons, a rural confederation of peasant villages in the Swiss Alps, was one of the most unusual political entities found in early modern Europe. Its inhabitants enjoyed popular sovereignty and remarkable local autonomy, and many of them insisted on political equality among citizens, and on political leaders' responsibilities to their communities. The author uses pamphlets and political documents to trace the Freestate's evolution, focusing on its institutional structure and on the political language used by its in habitants.
 

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Contents

Communalism and other political models in Europe and in Graubiinden
10
Graubiinden to 1520 geography society history
36
Local practice and federal government in the Freestate
73
From consolidation to communal politics the Freestate ca 15301580
118
Elite power and popular constraint in sixteenthcentury Rhaetia
135
Reform communal action and crisis ca 15801639
168
Political language and political cosmology during the crisis years
199
Democracy in early modern Graubunden
246
Bibliography
253
Index
281
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