The Origin and Evolution of the Germanic Village Community
Schnebelt, Susan Elizabeth
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Many scholars have devoted much time and given much thought to the question of the origin of New England towns. Of the theories of origin which ensued from this thought, the one which has drawn the most interest and created the greatest controversy among historical scholars is that of Germanic origins. This theory of Germanic origins of New England towns is an extension of ideas discussed by German historians regarding the government and agriculture of the early Germanic tribes, and of theories developed by English historians regarding the resultant Saxon institutions on British soil. Of the historians who dealt with this question, an American,Herbert Baxter Adams, has most successfully summarized the German and British theories and related them to the earliest New England settlements. Mr. Adams devoted a forty page thesis to an explanation of this theory. In this thesis, he sought to make known and understood the importance of New England towns in the creation of American ideals of individuality and democracy. He then sought the roots of these ideas and found them to be Teutonic in origin, thereby, he felt, irrevocably linking the two civilizations together. Upon what basis did he build this theory? From what sources had he drawn information enough concerning the three countries to justify such a conclusion?If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.