European Cities and Towns: 400-2000

Paperback | February 28, 2009

byPeter Clark

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Since the Middle Ages Europe has been one of the most urbanized continents on the planet and Europe's cities have firmly stamped their imprint on the continent's economic, social, political, and cultural life. 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 continentthat 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. The book is divided into three parts, dealing with the middle ages, the early modern period, and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - with each part containing chapters on urban trends, the urban economy, social developments, cultural life and landscape, and governance. Throughout, the bookaddresses 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; thesignificance 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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Since the Middle Ages Europe has been one of the most urbanized continents on the planet and Europe's cities have firmly stamped their imprint on the continent's economic, social, political, and cultural life. This study of European cities and towns from the fall of the Roman Empire to the present day looks both at regional trends from...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:February 28, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. IntroductionPart I: c. 400-c15002. Urban Trends3. Economy4. Social Life5. Culture and Landscape6. GovernancePart II: c. 1500-18007. Urban Trends8. Economy9. Social Life10. Culture and Landscape11. GovernancePart III: c. 1800-200012. Urban Trends13. Economy14. Social Life15. Culture and Landscape16. GovernanceSelect Bibliography

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"A fine synthesis - a tour de force - that embodies a hugely impressive range of knowledge and understanding about towns, and deserves to have the widest readership" --Professor Peter Borsay, University of Aberystwyth