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Cities and Solidarities

Urban Communities in Pre-Modern Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Justin Colson, Arie van Steensel


276 pages

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Cities and Solidarities charts the ways in which the study of individuals and places can revitalise our understanding of urban communities as dynamic interconnections of solidarities in medieval and early modern Europe.

This volume sheds new light on the socio-economic conditions, the formal and informal institutions, and the strategies of individual town dwellers that explain the similarities and differences in the organisation and functioning of urban communities in pre-modern Europe. It considers how communities within cities and towns are constructed and reconstructed, how interactions amongst members of differing groups created social and economic institutions, and how urban communities reflected a sense of social cohesion. In answering these questions, the contributions combine theoretical frameworks with new digital methodologies in order to provoke further discussion into the fundamental nature of urban society in this key period of change.

The essays in this collection demonstrate the complexities of urban societies in pre-modern Europe, and will make fascinating reading for students and scholars of medieval and early modern urban history.

Table of Contents


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List of contributors

  1. Cities and Solidarities. Urban Communities in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  2. Justin Colson and Arie van Steensel

  3. Making the citizen, building the citizenry. Family and citizenship in fifteenth-century Barcelona
  4. Carolina Obradors-Suazo

  5. Gladman’s procession and communal identity in Norwich, 1425-1452
  6. Derek M. Crosby

  7. Mapping urban communities. A comparative topography of neighbourhoods in Bologna and Strasbourg in the late Middle Ages
  8. Colin Arnaud

  9. Conflict, community, and the law. Guarantors and social networks in dispute resolution in early modern Saxony
  10. John Jordan

  11. The poor of medieval Zagreb between solidarity, marginalisation and integration
  12. Suzana Miljan and Bruno Škreblin

  13. Poor boxes, guild ethic and urban community building in Brabant, c. 1250-1600
  14. Hadewijch Masure

  15. Who’s who in late medieval Brussels?
  16. Bram Vannieuwenhuyze

  17. A cursus for craftsmen? Career-cycles of the Worsted Weavers of late-medieval Norwich
  18. Dana Durkee

  19. Wage labour, wealth, and the power of a database. Unlocking communities of work outside urban guilds in Newcastle upon Tyne
  20. Andy Burn

  21. Urban communities and their burghers in the Kingdom of Hungary (1750-1850). The possibilities databases offer for historical analysis
  22. Árpád Tóth, Gábor Czoch and István Németh

  23. Speech and sociability. The regulation of language in the livery companies of early modern London
  24. Jennifer Bishop

  25. The physician’s marzipan. Communities at their intersections in Basel around 1600
  26. Sarah-Maria Schober

  27. ‘Scientific’ instruments and networks of craft and commerce in early modern London

Alexi Baker



About the Editors

Justin Colson is Lecturer in the Department of History, University of Essex.

Arie van Steensel is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Groningen.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Early Modern History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Medieval
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century