ruling: between whim and welfare

The section ‘ruling’ looks at the lives of the noble elite and the subservient peasantry in the 17th and 18th centuries, but also examines rulers’ reliance on popular consent. The key exhibit is the golden coin that Prince Johann Adam Andreas I von Liechtenstein had minted to celebrate his admission to the Order of the Golden Fleece in 1694, shortly before the Princes purchased this region that formed part of the Holy Roman Empire. Further themes include a farmhouse parlour, legal instruments, boundary stones, administrative buildings, democracy and diversity of opinions, the Houses of Hohenems and Liechtenstein, and the military, which was disbanded in 1868.
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