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Cities and Solidarities
Urban Communities in Pre-Modern Europe

ISBN 9781138943612
Published January 25, 2017 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

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 L

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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.