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Routledge Advances in Urban History


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This series showcases original and exciting new work in urban history. It publishes books that challenge existing assumptions about the history of cities, apply new theoretical frames to the urban past and open up new avenues of historical enquiry. The scope of the series is global, and it covers all time periods from the ancient to the modern worlds.

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Urban Emotions and the Making of the City Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Urban Emotions and the Making of the City: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Katie Barclay, Jade Riddle
April 02, 2021

This book brings together a vibrant interdisciplinary mix of scholars – from anthropology, architecture, art history, film studies, fine art, history, literature, linguistics, and urban studies – to explore the role of emotions in the making and remaking of the city. By asking how urban boundaries ...

Interurban Knowledge Exchange in Southern and Eastern Europe, 1870–1950

Interurban Knowledge Exchange in Southern and Eastern Europe, 1870–1950

1st Edition

Eszter Gantner, Heidi Hein-Kircher, Oliver Hochadel
October 23, 2020

Around 1900 cities in Southern and Eastern Europe were persistently labeled "backward" and "delayed." Allegedly, they had no alternative but to follow the role model of the metropolises, of London, Paris or Vienna. This edited volume fundamentally questions this assumption. It shows that cities as ...

Migrants and the Making of the Urban-Maritime World Agency and Mobility in Port Cities, c. 1570–1940

Migrants and the Making of the Urban-Maritime World: Agency and Mobility in Port Cities, c. 1570–1940

1st Edition

Christina Reimann, Martin Öhman
September 04, 2020

This volume explores the mutually transformative relations between migrants and port cities. Throughout the ages of sail and steam, port cities served as nodes of long-distance transmissions and exchanges. Commercial goods, people, animals, seeds, bacteria and viruses; technological and scientific ...

New Approaches to Governance and Rule in Urban Europe Since 1500

New Approaches to Governance and Rule in Urban Europe Since 1500

1st Edition

Simon Gunn, Tom Hulme
April 15, 2020

Urban power and politics are topics of abiding interest for students of the city. This exciting collection of essays explores how Europe’s cities have been governed across the last 500 years. Taken as a whole, it provides a unique historical overview of urban politics in early modern and modern ...

The Rise and Fall of London’s Ringways, 1943-1973

The Rise and Fall of London’s Ringways, 1943-1973

1st Edition

Michael Dnes
November 08, 2019

Urban motorways are among the greatest – and least forgiven – legacies of post-war planning in Britain. Ringways explores the genesis, development and collapse of London’s controversial plans for nearly 500 miles of highways, to understand why such ambitious and unlamented programmes gained ...

The Materiality of Literary Narratives in Urban History

The Materiality of Literary Narratives in Urban History

1st Edition

Lieven Ameel, Jason Finch, Silja Laine, Richard Dennis
August 19, 2019

The Materiality of Literary Narratives in Urban History explores a variety of geographical and cultural contexts to examine what literary texts, grasped as material objects and reflections on urban materialities, have to offer for urban history. The contributing writers’ approach to literary ...

Urbanizing Nature Actors and Agency (Dis)Connecting Cities and Nature Since 1500

Urbanizing Nature: Actors and Agency (Dis)Connecting Cities and Nature Since 1500

1st Edition

Tim Soens, Dieter Schott, Michael Toyka-Seid, Bert De Munck
January 21, 2019

What do we mean when we say that cities have altered humanity’s interaction with nature? The more people are living in cities, the more nature is said to be "urbanizing": turned into a resource, mobilized over long distances, controlled, transformed and then striking back with a vengeance as "...

Cities, Railways, Modernities London, Paris, and the Nineteenth Century

Cities, Railways, Modernities: London, Paris, and the Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

Carlos López Galviz
January 14, 2019

Cities, Railways, Modernities chronicles the transformation that London and Paris experienced during the nineteenth century through the lens of the London Underground and the Paris Métro. By highlighting the multiple ways in which the future of the two cities was imagined and the role that railways...

Migration Policies and Materialities of Identification in European Cities Papers and Gates, 1500-1930s

Migration Policies and Materialities of Identification in European Cities: Papers and Gates, 1500-1930s

1st Edition

Hilde Greefs, Anne Winter
September 27, 2018

This book focusses on the instruments, practices, and materialities produced by various authorities to monitor, regulate, and identify migrants in European cities from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Whereas research on migration regulation typically looks at local policies for the early ...

Cities and Creativity from the Renaissance to the Present

Cities and Creativity from the Renaissance to the Present

1st Edition

Ilja Van Damme, Bert De Munck, Andrew Miles
September 14, 2017

This volume critically challenges the current creative city debate from a historical perspective. In the last two decades, urban studies has been engulfed by a creative city narrative in which concepts like the creative economy, the creative class or creative industries proclaim the ...

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