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The latter three (all of them situated on the Baltic coast) officially adopted the title Hansestadt [hanseatic city] after 1990 in imitation of Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck. Contrary to the latter, who are/were city-states on their own, the title does not have any special significance.
The league was primarily concerned with the protection of trade, but it also entered military conflicts - e.g. against the Danish crown. These cities were in fact former members of the Hansa, and the title does not imply independence of the cities. Before 1990, the only cities that called themselves Hanseatic City (as an official part of their name, that is) were Hamburg, Bremen and Lübeck. These three happened to be independent city states (at present or in the past). The casual observer might therefore (or for other reasons) think that the title Hansestadt conveys a special status - which it does not.
Stefan Schwoon, 13 / 15 Feb 2001
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