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Look Inside The Pre-industrial Urban System

The Pre-industrial Urban System
France 1740–1840

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Part of Themes in International Urban History

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035057

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  • Highly acclaimed in the original French edition, this landmark urban study of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries appears here for the first time in English. It provides one of the first synoptic views of the evolution of the French urban system before the Industrial Revolution by examining not only the major cities but the wider urban hierarchy. The innovations of this study lie in Lepetit's use of models of urban interaction and the unraveling of the complex spatial dimensions to urbanization.

    • A synoptic view of the history of French urbanization
    • Author is one of the leading urban historians and editor of the major French journal Annales
    • The first English translation of major work of French historical scholarship
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    "Bernard Lepetit, co-editor of the Annales, has brought to the study of urban history the complex, subtle, and multifaceted approach characteristic of that great journal. This is a major work in urban history that will be difficult for undergraduates but required reading for graduate students in many fields that share an interest in the history of urban networks. I expect its methodological innovations will be emulated in other applications..." Journal of Economic History

    "In this remarkably original book, Lepetit approaches the history of French towns in relation to urban economics, regional geography, cultural representations, administrative institutions, and transport networks. The most interesting feature of his interdisciplinary perspective on urban history involves the application of formal theory to historical evidence about urban functions, hierarchies, and networks....Lepetit deserves high praise for the subtlety of his theoretical reasoning, the ingenuity of his historical research, and the rigor of his quantitative methodology. His book will become a classic work for economists, geographers, and sociologists, as well as historians who are interested in the development of urban systems." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

    "Lepetit makes good observations of the links between politics, administration, and public finance." The Journal of Urban Technology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035057
    • length: 504 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.751kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 25 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    List of abbreviations
    1. The urbanisation of France
    2. Urban images
    3. The town, the economy, the territory
    4. An essay in urban typology
    5. Hierarchical gradations
    6. The new geography of power
    7. The France of the chefs-lieux
    8. Towns and roads
    9. Urban systems: from frameworks to networks
    10. Back to representations

  • Author

    Bernard Lepetit, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris


    Godfrey Rogers

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