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There is no reason to capitalize the "I" in the word "imperial" "C" in the word "city" in this article. It is not a name of a particular city (like Mexico City) and the adjective "imperial" is not and integral part of a name for something (like Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino), but both are merely constituents of a term for a type of city. --B. Jankuloski (talk) 00:05, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
Whether to use capitalization or not is indeed problematic. In his English-language book (Society and Politics in Germany, 1500-1750), the German G. Benecke does not capitalize at all ("attempt to become an imperial free town"; "an imperial town") and don't even use the word city anywhere ("great towns like Nuremberg"), but he very seldom refers to that type of city anyway.
Recent English-language historians of the HRE who have dedicated sections/chapters on Free Imperial Cities tend to capitalize everything (Gagliardo: "the Imperial City of Weztlar"; "former Imperial Cities"); Whaley ("The Free and Imperial Cities" "the survival as independent entities of Imperial Cities, Imperial Counts, and Imperial Knights is to a large extend...;"The Imperial Cites, roughly fify of which remained after 1648"). But in a fairly recent article dedicated to those cities,C. Scott Dixon does not capitalize ("the imperial city of Nuremberg"; "the imperial cities").
I noticed that the word "Free" is often added at the beginning or used in the title of a chapter, but after that it disappears ("the Imperial Cities"). Maybe we could do the same. --Lubiesque (talk) 14:44, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
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The result of the proposal was move. JPG-GR (talk) 18:50, 20 April 2008 (UTC)
It's a proper name (and Imperial is a proper adjective within it, since it relates specifically to the Holy Roman Empire). Oppose. SeptentrionalisPMAnderson 02:37, 12 April 2008 (UTC)
If it is a proper name, why is it lowercased in many, if not most, of the search results in Google Book Search and Google Scholar? Even in this Wikipedia article itself, it is also lowercased in the text. --Neo-Jay (talk) 03:39, 12 April 2008 (UTC)
Support per the naming conventions, common nouns shouldn't be capitalized, and this is not referring to one free imperial city, but the concept in general. Parsecboy (talk) 14:14, 12 April 2008 (UTC)
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The article indicates that one city, after loosing its rights "was able to regain its immediacy." Should this be immediately, eventually, or is immediacy a technical term? Stifynsemons (talk) 04:42, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
If I had to guess, I would posit this use of "immediate" means "umediated", i.e., directly ruled by the emperor, which is a rather arcane (but correct, I think) meaning of "immediate". But I don't know. mkehrt (talk) 08:24, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
My hometown Rostock was a `Mediat-Stadt´ (mediat city), which means that it had to appeal to the Duke of Mecklenburg first before it could go further and appeal to the `Reichsversammlung´ (Estates of the Holy roman empire of the german nation) and later to the emperor himself. But it was not ruled by anyone but the city-council. Free imperial cities - like Lübeck - were souvereigns by themselves and could reject any propositions, threats and orders (or whatsoever) from outsiders. Only the `Reichstag´ could state their unlawfullness in certain affairs and force a `Reichsschluss´ (conclusive act of the estates) to urge them.