Early Modern Streets A European Perspective
For the first time, Early Modern Streets unites the diverse strands of scholarship on urban streets between circa 1450 and 1800 and tackles key questions on how early modern urban society was shaped and how this changed over time.
Much of the lives of urban dwellers in early modern Europe were played out in city streets and squares. By exploring urban spaces in relation to themes such as politics, economies, religion, and crime, this edited collection shows that streets were not only places where people came together to work, shop, and eat, but also to fight, celebrate, show their devotion, and express their grievances. The volume brings together scholars from different backgrounds and applies new approaches and methodologies to the historical study of urban experience. In doing so, Early Modern Streets provides a comprehensive overview of one of the most dynamic fields of scholarship in early modern history.
Accompanied by over 50 illustrations, Early Modern Streets is the perfect resource for all students and scholars interested in urban life in early modern Europe.
Part 1: Contours and Foundations
1. Framing the street
Danielle van den Heuvel
2. Sources and methods for studying historical streets
3. Representing the street in words and images
4. Sensing the street
Part 2: Street Use
5. Street politics
Maartje van Gelder
6. Street economies
7. Religion in the streets
8. Street crimes
Marion Pluskota and Sanne Muurling