Playing by the rules: Gambling and Social Identity in Early Modern German Towns

 -B. Ann Tlusty

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Records of arrest and interrogation of sixteenth- and seventeenthcentury townsfolk who were involved in gambling incidents show that certain values generally associated with the nobility of the eighteenth century had deeper roots that were unrelated to noble status. Gambling provided common craftsmen as well as elite members of society an opportunity to display positive values such as courage, honesty, risk-taking, economic stability, and good character. These norms, however, are often obscured by the preponderance of attacks on gambling that appeared during the early modern period in the form of moralist tracts and sermons, critical broadsheets, and ordinances and decrees issued by local and regional authorities. Records of arrest show that the concerns of the authorities were largely economic in focus, targeting primarily professional card sharks and chronic gamblers rather than the sins associated with gambling (blasphemy, idleness, and belief in fate rather than Gods plan) that are the focus of many ordinances.

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Gambling; Early Modern Germany; Gender history; Legal history; Social history; Urban history; Masculinity; Violence; Artisans; Crime


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Bucknell University


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