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Look Inside The Pre-industrial Urban System

The Pre-industrial Urban System
France 1740–1840


Part of Themes in International Urban History

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

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  • This is a landmark publication in the urban study of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries which appears here for the first time in English. Highly acclaimed in the original French edition, it provides a synoptic view 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 methodology: his use of models of urban interaction and the unravelling of the complex spatial dimensions to urbanization. He also sets up a detailed analysis of French urbanization and regionalism, and the different aspects of urban society: finance, building, trade, images and innovation. Lepetit's ideas will be of major interest to scholars of urbanization and the industrial revolution in Europe.

    • 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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    • 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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