B. Ann Tlusty, publications and research interests



Jonas Losch, Teutscher Dichter und Componist: Die Lieder- und Reimspruchsammlung eines Augsburger Webers aus den Jahren 1579-1583, with Helmut Graser (Regensburg, Pustet Verlag, 2015).

Augsburg during the Reformation Era: An Anthology of Sources (Indianapolis, Hackett Publications, 2012).

The Martial Ethic in Early Modern Germany: Civic Duty and the Right of Arms (Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Public Drinking in the Early Modern World: Voices from the Tavern, 1500-1800, Vols. 1 & 2, The Holy Roman Empire, with Beat Kümin (London, Pickering & Chatto Publishers, 2011).

Bacchus and Civic Order: The Culture of Drink in Early Modern Germany (Charlottesville and London, University Press of Virginia, 2001), in German as Bacchus und die bürgerliche Ordnung. Die Kultur des Trinkens im frühneuzeitlichen Augsburg (Augsburg, Wissner Verlag, 2005).

The World of the Tavern: The Public House in Early Modern Europe (co-edited with Beat Kümin, Aldershot, Ashgate Press, 2002).

Ehrkonzepte in der Frühen Neuzeit: Identitäten und Abgrenzungen (co-edited with Sibylle Backmann, Hans-Jörg Künast, and Sabine Ullman, Berlin, Akademie Verlag, 1998).


“Jonas Losch and Augsburg's Artisan Singers,” in Zeitschrift des Historischen Vereins für Schwaben 109 (Spring 2017), 29-54.

“'Vertrinken: Horizontale Sozialdisziplinierung im früneuzeitlichen Dorf,” in Essen und Trinken in der Europäischen Kulturgeschichte, ed. Justus Nipperdey and Katharina Reinholdt (Lit Verlag, 2016), 111-29.

“Martial Identity and the Culture of the Sword in Early Modern Germany,” in Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books: Transmission and Tradition of Martial Arts in Europe, ed. Daniel Jaquet, Karin Verelst, and Timothy Dawson (Brill, 2016), 547-70.

“Masculine and Political Identity in German Martial Sports,” in Sports and Physical Exercise in Early Modern Culture, ed. Rebekka Mallinckrodt and Angela Schattner (Routledge, 2016), 209-30.

“Invincible Blades and Invulnerable Bodies: Weapons Magic in Early Modern Germany,” European Review of History / revue européenne d histoire 22:4 (2015), 658-79.

"Full Cups, Full Coffers. Tax Strategies and Consumer Culture in the Early Modern German Cities", in German History 32 (2014), 1-28.

"Consommation d'alcool et culture masculine dans l'Europe de l'époque moderne", in Une histoire sans les hommes est-elle possible? Genre et masculinités (ed. Anne-Marie Sohn, Lyon, 2013), 121-34.

"Sixteenth Century Street Songs and Language History 'From Below'", with Helmut Graser, in Language and History, Linguistics and Historiography: Interdisciplinary Approaches (ed. Nils Langer et al., Bern, 2012), 363-88.

"'Seit ir Juden oder Landsknecht?' Waffenpflicht, Waffenrecht und gesellschaftliche Ausgrenzung in der Frühen Neuzeit," in Spießer, Patrioten, Revolutionäre: Militärische Mobilisierung und gesellschaftliche Ordnung in der Nuezeit, ed. Rüdiger Bergien and Ralf Pröve (Göttingen, 2010), 325-45.

"Layers of Literacy: Non-Professional Versus Professional Writing in a Sixteenth-Century case of Fraud," with Helmut Graser, in Ideas and Cultural Margins in Early Modern Germany: Essays in Honor of H.C. Erik Midelfort, ed. Robin Barnes and Marjorie E. Plummer (Farnham, 2009), 31-47.

"Rumor, Fear, and Male Civic Duty during a Confessional Crisis," in Masculinity in the Reformation Era, ed. Scott Hendrix and Susan Karant-Nunn (Kirksville, MO, 2008), 140-163.

"Playing By the Rules: Gambling and Social Identity in Early Modern German Towns”, in Memoria y Civilización (Universidad de Navarra), 2004, 7-38.

“Drinking, Family Relations and Authority in Early Modern Germany,” in The Journal of Family History 29/3, July, 2004, 253-273.

“’Privat’ oder ‘Öffentlich’? Das Wirtshaus in der deutschen Stadt des 16. und 17. Jahrhundert,” in Zwischen Gotteshaus und Taverne. Öffentliche Räume in der Frühen Neuzeit (Cologne, 2004), 53-73.

toll vnd voll. Zur Bezeichnung des Betrunkenseins in städtischen Gerichtsakten und Verordnungen des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts aus Ostschwaben,” with Helmut Graser, in Sprachgeschichten: Ein Lesebuch für Werner König zum 60. Geburtstag, ed. Edith Funk et al. (Heidelberg, 2003), 81-98.

“Civic Defense and the Right to Bear Arms in the Early Modern German City,” in Acta Histriae 10 2002/2 (Slovenia), 493-506.

“Violence and Urban Identity: Communication Strategies Between Authorities and Citizens in the Adjudication of Fights,” in Cultures of Communication from Reformation to Enlightenment: Constructing Publics in the Early Modern German Lands, ed. James Melton (Aldershot, 2002), 10-23.

The Public House and Military Culture in Early Modern Germany,” in The World of the Tavern, ed. Beat Kümin and B. Ann Tlusty (Aldershot, 2002), 137-153.

“Water of Life, Water of Death: The Controversy over Brandy and Gin in Early Modern Augsburg,” in Central European History 31/1&2, Fall 1998, 1-30.

"Crossing Gender Boundaries: Women as Drunkards in Early Modern Germany," in Ehrkonzepte in der Frühen Neuzeit , ed. Bachmann et al. (Berlin, 1998), 185-198.

“Trinken und Trinker auf illustrierten Flugblättern,” in Das illustrierte Flugblatt in der Kultur der Frühen Neuzeit, ed. Wolfgang Harms and Michael Schilling (Frankfurt, 1998), 177-203.

"Defining 'Drunk' in Early Modern Germany," in Contemporary Drug Problems, November 1994, 427-451.

"Gender and Alcohol Use," in Social History/Histoire Sociale 27/54, November, 1994, 241-259.

"Die Kontrolle über das Trinken in Augsburg in der frühen Neuzeit," in Zeitschrift des Historischen Vereins für Schwaben 85 (1992), 133-155.

Short essays, public history, and encyclopledia entries:

"Language from Below," with Helmut Graser, in Mark Hailwood et al. (eds), The Voices of the People: An Online Symposium, March-June 2011.

"[Clemens Jäger], Hochzeitsbuch der Augsburger Herrenstube," with Helmut Graser, in Bürgermacht & Bürgerpracht: Augsburger Ehren- und Familienbücher der Renaissance. Exhibition catalog, Maximilianmuseum Augsburg, March-June 2011.

"Trinkkultur," "Zutrinken," in Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit, edited by the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (Stuttgart, 2005-12).

"Hier kehrt frau ein. Frauen im Gasthaus, 1500-1800," in Gasthäuser. Geschichte und Kultur. Exhibition catalog, Fränkischen Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim, 2004.

"Drink and Temperance at the New Millennium: Early Modern Europe," Social History of Alcohol Review, Spring/Summer 2002, 60-69.

"The Quiet Wealth: Exploring Sources Beneath the Surface," Social History of Alcohol Review, Fall 1993/Spring 1994, 49-52.

Current Research

My most recent research concentrates on the construct of masculinity in German towns of the early modern period, especially as it was established and confirmed through identification with weapons. Currently I am exploring this theme as it relates to the relationship between magic and science. Support for this project has been provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); the Instutut für Europäische Kulturgeschichte (Universität Augsburg); the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH); the American Philosophical Society (APS); Bucknell University; the Herzog August Bibliothek Fellowship Program (Wolfenbüttel); the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS); and the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Cooperative Research

Voices in the Archives: History and Language "From Below" in Early Modern Augsburg (research in progress)

With Helmut Graser, University of Augsburg

The libraries and archives of Europe offer large amounts of as yet under-exploited printed and manuscript sources from the early modern period. A truly comprehensive reconstruction of these sources, however, is in many cases hindered by traditional disciplinary boundaries. My partner and colleague Helmut Graser (University of Augsburg) and I are engaged in a project that aims to combine linguistic analysis with social-historical research. We hope thus to gain a new kind of insight into the function of early modern communications strategies.

This project examines samples of non-professional writing (that is, texts produced by ordinary townsfolk) in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Germany in order to open new windows on literacy, language, and day-to-day use of the written word.  These rare and fascinating fragments of history reveal the ways in which members of the wider populace were able to find a voice in the discourse of civic life through varying levels of mastery of written language.  The result will both reveal the interplay between oral and written culture during the early modern period, and provide crucial new evidence of evolution of the New High German language in both its written and spoken forms. 

Our sample of non-professional writing includes derogatory songs and slander sheets; brief supplications produced by petitioners to the city courts in their own hand; falsified correspondence created in cases of attempted fraud; letters; and records produced in the day-to-day administration of the city, for example written requests for permission from the mayor to drink tax-free in the villages outside the city walls and escort passes written by Jews requesting permission to enter the city.  The texts provide evidence of a wide range of levels of literacy as well as features of local dialects.  By applying the methods of textual linguistics and discourse analysis to early modern texts, we are able to identify varying rhetorical strategies and emotional layers, which can then be placed in their historical context.

Related links:

Themenabend, Stadtarchiv Augsburg, "Sprachgeschichte von unten"

Themenabend, Stadtarchiv Augsburg, "Handwerker als Dichter"

University of Augsburg, "Jiddisch und Frühneuhochdeutsch"

Summer School in Historical Sociolinguistics


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