Luca Scholz, "Borders and Freedom of Movement in the Holy Roman Empire" (Oxford UP, 2020)


"Today we speak with Luca Scholz, a Lecturer at the University of Manchester. Dr. Scholz has varied interests: the relationship of political authority and human mobility, early modern history, and the use of geospatial and computational methods to study the past, all of which intersect in the topic of today’s talk his first monograph, Borders and Freedom of Movement in the Holy Roman Empire (Oxford University Press)." The book draws on sources discovered in twenty archives, from newly unearthed drawings to first-hand accounts by peasants, princes, and prisoners. Scholz's maps shift the focus from the border to the thoroughfare to show that controls of moving goods and people were rarely concentrated at borders before the mid-eighteenth century. Uncovering a forgotten chapter in the history of free movement, the author presents a new look at the unstable relationship of political authority and human mobility in the heartlands of old-regime Europe. We delve deeply into the issues under discussion, particularly the conceptions of borders and free movements. We hope you enjoy our conversation.

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