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Small Towns in Early Modern Europe : Themes in International Urban History - Peter Clark

Small Towns in Early Modern Europe

Themes in International Urban History

By: Peter Clark (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th April 1995
ISBN: 9780521464635
Number Of Pages: 332

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Despite the great wave of publications on European cities and towns in the pre-industrial period, little has been written about the thousands of small towns which played a key role in the economic, social and cultural life of early modern Europe. This collection, written by leading experts, redresses that imbalance. It provides the first comparative overview of European small towns from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth century, examining their position in the urban hierarchy, demographic structures, economic trends, relations with the countryside, and political and cultural developments. Case studies discuss networks in all the major European countries, as well as looking at the distinctive world of small towns in the more 'peripheral' countries of Scandinavia and central Europe. A wide-ranging editorial introduction puts individual chapters in historical perspective.

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"...Clark has provided scholars with a reference work for Europe as a whole that will be the indispensable platform for further work on a regional or national basis. By containing so many specialized studies covering the entire early modern period in Europe, Clark's volume establishes the comparative approach as the definitive reference point. His introduction provides a valuable synthesis of the similarity, interpretive difficulty, and importance of small towns within their larger political and economic networks." Journal of Interdisciplinary History "...a many-faceted picture of urban life outside the major cities of early modern Europe. It will clearly be of interest to the economic and urban historian, and there is also much to be gleaned from it by those interested in the process of state building, the interaction of center and locality, and the evolution of consumer culture." William and Mary Quarterly "Here we have a collection of essays that advances both general history and the urban theme it addresses: specialists in the history of the European regions that are covered will welcome some very useful additions to the literature in English." Alan Dyer, Journal of Modern History

Editorial preface
Introduction
The mainstays of the urban fringe: Norwegian small towns 1500-1800
Small towns in the periphery: population and economy of small towns in Sweden and Finland during the early modern period
Small towns in eastern central Europe
Small towns in England 1550-1850: national and regional trends
The cultural role of small towns in England 1600-1800
Small towns in early modern Ireland
In search of the small town in early nineteenth-century France
Small towns in early modern Germany: the case of Hesse 1500-1800
Demography and hierarchy: the small towns and the urban network in sixteenth-century Flanders
Domestic demand and urbanization in the eighteenth century: demographic and functional evidence from the small towns of Brabant
The small towns of northern Italy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: an overview
Cities, towns and small towns in Castile 1500-1800
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521464635
ISBN-10: 0521464633
Series: Themes in International Urban History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 28th April 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.59

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