Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Rebellion, Community and Custom in Early Modern Germany

Rebellion, Community and Custom in Early Modern Germany


Part of Past and Present Publications

  • Date Published: October 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521650106

£ 90.00

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • When this volume first appeared in German it inspired a whole generation of young scholars. Schindler recreates the lives of both the poor and excluded; the milieu of the burghers; and the rumbustuous lifestyles of the Counts von Zimmern. A true archivist, he evokes the lost worlds of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century people. He investigates popular nicknames, snowball fights, carnival rituals, even what people did at night-time before the advent of lighting. A final essay deals with an extraordinary late set of trials for witchcraft, in which over 200 people died. Translated into English for the first time, the volume contains a new Foreword by Natalie Zemon Davis and a new introductory essay setting out the key influences of Schindler's work. Norbert Schindler is the leading exponent of historical anthropology in the German-speaking world. A founding member of the German journal Historische Anthropologie, Schindler teaches at the University of Salzburg.

    • An excellent translation of one of the most distinguished books on early modern German culture to be published in recent years
    • Offers an anti-elitist 'view from below' of German culture
    • Includes substantial material on popular protest and ritual social action and behaviour
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Schindler enjoins his readers to look at the past with fresh eyes and to think of and savor its strangeness. His portrait of the multiple practices of the men and women of the artisanal, peasant, and poor classes in the early modern period - their expressiveness, inventiveness, economy, humor, cruelty, helpfulness, and frankness - helps us understand that strangeness in a new way.' Natalie Zemon Davis

    '… contains ground-breaking research … In his book Schindler lists such 16th and 17th-century folk activities as the adoption of nicknames, snow fighting, carnival rites and social inversion, marriage customs, the nocturnal habits of the peasantry and the role of the wandering beggar in German witchcraft. Recommended.' The Cauldron

    '… stimulating and worth reading.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

    'The series of Past and Present Publications produced by Cambridge University Press has already brought the work of some of the most innovative early modern Germanists to the English-speaking audience. This latest volume is no exception … The book succeeds on several levels … Rich in empirical detail … valuable contributions to a field that, internationally, is still dominated by Anglo- and Francophone scholars.' European Review of History

    '… packed with such dense detail, such a vivid evocation of early modern German life and such a plethora of inspiring ideas that it should be read and re-read by all social and cultural historians of early modern Europe.' Journal of Continuity and Change

    '… [Schindler] seeks to understand the violence of the past as much as possible on its own terms with attempts to explore the ways in which it made sense to its protagonists.' Historical Journal

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521650106
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 161 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.648kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: revisiting the elusive quarry: popular culture in early modern Germany
    1. Habitus and lordship: the transformation of aristocratic practices of rule in the sixteenth century
    2. The world of nicknames: on the logic of popular nomenclature
    3. Carnival, church and the world turned upside-down: on the function of the culture of laughter in the sixteenth century
    4. 'Marriage weariness' and compulsory matrimony: the popular punishments of pulling the plough and the block
    5. Nocturnal disturbances: on the social history of the night in the early modern period
    6. The origins of heartlessness: the culture and way of life of beggars in late seventeenth-century Salzburg.

  • Author

    Norbert Schindler, Universität Salzburg


    Pamela E. Selwyn
    Professor Norbert Schindler was born in 1950 in Chieming, Bavaria, and is the author of many influential books on popular culture in the early modern period. He has taught at University institutions in Berlin, Konstanz, Innsbruck, Basel, and Salzburg.

Related Books

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.