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Regional Identity and Economic ChangeThe Upper Rhine 1450-1600$
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Tom Scott

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206446

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206446.001.0001

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The Rise and Decline of the Rappen Coinage League

The Rise and Decline of the Rappen Coinage League

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(p.174) (p.175) 6 The Rise and Decline of the Rappen Coinage League
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Regional Identity and Economic Change
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Tom Scott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206446.003.0007

The political development of the Upper Rhine lends only modest support to the notion that it formed a natural region. The coherence of what at first sight appears to be a self-contained region was in fact the outcome of a late medieval contraction and concentration of political power. This chapter argues that an analogous, and indeed simultaneous, contraction can also be observed in the pattern of regional monetary cooperation. In the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries, that cooperation had been vested in regional coinage associations. Such associations sprang up across the length and breadth of Germany. Although their importance as agents of regional monetary policy needs no stressing, their significance in the longer term — at least on the Upper Rhine — lay in providing a framework for cooperation over fundamental issues of ‘good police’ and public welfare. This chapter looks at one coinage association, the Rappen coinage league, focusing on its rise and collapse.

Keywords:   Upper Rhine, monetary policy, monetary cooperation, coinage associations, Germany, Rappen coinage league, coinage

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