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European Cities and Towns: 400-2000

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Overview

"This study of European cities and towns from the fall of the Roman Empire to the present day looks both at regional trends from across Europe and also at the widely differing fortunes of individual communities on the roller coaster of European urbanization. Taking a wide-angled view of the continent that embraces northern and eastern Europe as well as the city systems of the Mediterranean and western Europe, it addresses important debates ranging from the nature of urban survival in the post-Roman era to the position of the European city in a globalizing world." Throughout, the book addresses key questions such as the role of migration, including that of women and ethnic minorities; the functioning of competition and emulation between cities, as well as issues of inter-urban cooperation; the different ways civic leaders have sought to promote urban identity and visibility; the significance of urban autonomy in enabling cities to protect their interests against the state; and not least why European cities and towns over the period have been such pressure cookers for new ideas and creativity, whether economic, political, or cultural.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198700548
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Clark is Professor of European Urban History at the University of Helsinki. Educated at Oxford, he was previously professor at the University of Leicester, where he was Director of the Centre for Urban History. In 1989 he helped found the European Association for Urban History.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

1 Introduction 1

2 Urban Trends 400-1500 21

3 Economy 400-1500 43

4 Social Life 400-1500 59

5 Culture and Landscape 400-1500 75

6 Governance 400-1500 89

7 Urban Trends 1500-1800 109

8 Economy 1500-1800 139

9 Social Life 1500-1800 159

10 Culture and Landscape 1500-1800 179

11 Governance 1500-1800 201

12 Urban Trends 1800-2000 223

13 Economy 1800-2000 255

14 Social Life 1800-2000 279

15 Culture and Landscape 1800-2000 305

16 Governance 1800-2000 311

17 Conclusion 359

Select Bibliography 371

Index 387

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