Cultural History of Early Modern European Streets

Cultural History of Early Modern European Streets

by Riitta Laitinen, Thomas V. Cohen
     
 

In urban life, streets are elemental, but urban history seldom places them centre stage. It tends to view them as mere backdrops for events or social relations, or to study them as material constructions, the fruit of urban planning, but largely vacant of inhabitants. Examining people and streets in tandem, the contributors to this volume strive towards more

Overview

In urban life, streets are elemental, but urban history seldom places them centre stage. It tends to view them as mere backdrops for events or social relations, or to study them as material constructions, the fruit of urban planning, but largely vacant of inhabitants. Examining people and streets in tandem, the contributors to this volume strive towards more integrated urban history. They discuss the social and political processes of early modern street life, and the discursive play in which streets figured. Six chapters, based in Sweden-Finland, England, Portugal, Italy, and Transylvania, discuss the subtle interplay of the material and immaterial, public and private, planned order and versatility, spontaneous invention, control and resistance - all matters central to how streets worked.
Contributors are Emese Bálint, Maria Helena Barreiros, Elizabeth S. Cohen, Thomas V. Cohen, Alexander Cowan, Anu Korhonen, Riitta Laitinen, and Dag Lindström.

Editorial Reviews

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"Wiith this book, the authors fill the urban spaces of early modern cities with their inhabitants, their social relations, and their cultural practices [...] the authors convincingly show that not all order came from the top down: the emphasis on the agency of the individuals in constructing and reacting to this order is one of the most valuable qualities of this book." Eleonora Canepari, Canadian Journal of History / Annales canadiennes d'histoire vol. 45 (Winter) 2010, pp. 605-607.

"Each of these chapters contributes something to our knowledge of streets and street life in early modern Europe. We are still a long way from an understanding of the role of streets in early modern cities that will combine the urbanist and social perspectives into a unified whole. Perhaps some future historian will undertake that task. When he or she does, this collection of essays—and other studies which essays like these are likely to inspire—will be among the indispensable building blocks of that future work."
Christopher R. Friedrichs (University of British Columbia)
Published on H-Urban (January, 2010)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004172517
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/16/2009
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Riitta Laitinen Ph.D. (2000) in Cultural History, University of Turku, Finland, is a Senior Lecturer of Cultural History. She has published, largely in Finnish, on the cultural history of early modern Finnish as well as Navajo Indian space and place.
Thomas V. Cohen Ph.D. (1974) in History, Harvard University, is Professor of History at York University in Toronto. He writes on the cultural anthropology of Renaissance Italy and has recently published Love and Death in Renaissance Italy (University of Chicago, 2004).

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