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Small Towns in Early Modern Europe

Small Towns in Early Modern Europe

Part of Themes in International Urban History

Peter Clark, Finn-Einar Eliassen, Sven Lilja, Vera Bacskai, Michael Reed, Raymond Gillespie, Bernard Lepetit, Holger Graf, Peter Stabel, Bruno Blonde, Peter Musgrave, Juan Gelabert
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  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521893749


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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.

    • First major study of European small towns by leading experts
    • Assesses the economic and social impact of the small town in pre-industrial Europe
    •  Uses comparative case studies from Hungary to Ireland, Sweden to Spain
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    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521893749
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 42 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editorial preface
    1. Introduction Peter Clark
    2. The mainstays of the urban fringe: Norwegian small towns 1500–1800 Finn-Einar Eliassen
    3. Small towns in the periphery: population and economy of small towns in Sweden and Finland during the early modern period Sven Lilja
    4. Small towns in eastern central Europe Vera Bacskai
    5. Small towns in England 1550–1850: national and regional trends Peter Clark
    6. The cultural role of small towns in England 1600–1800 Michael Reed
    7. Small towns in early modern Ireland Raymond Gillespie
    8. In search of the small town in early nineteenth-century France Bernard Lepetit
    9. Small towns in early modern Germany: the case of Hesse 1500–1800 Holger Graf
    10. Demography and hierarchy: the small towns and the urban network in sixteenth-century Flanders Peter Stabel
    11. Domestic demand and urbanization in the eighteenth century: demographic and functional evidence from the small towns of Brabant Bruno Blonde
    12. The small towns of northern Italy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: an overview Peter Musgrave
    13. Cities, towns and small towns in Castile 1500–1800 Juan Gelabert

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    Peter Clark, University of Leicester


    Peter Clark, Finn-Einar Eliassen, Sven Lilja, Vera Bacskai, Michael Reed, Raymond Gillespie, Bernard Lepetit, Holger Graf, Peter Stabel, Bruno Blonde, Peter Musgrave, Juan Gelabert

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