Gendering Spaces in European Towns, 1500-1914

Edited by Elaine Chalus, Marjo Kaartinen

© 2015 – Routledge

256 pages

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Hardback: 9780415716987
pub: 2015-07-15

About the Book

Focusing on the transition from the modern to the early modern periods, this volume explores the role of gender in shaping the development of the European town. It examines how gender is both embedded in the built environment and reflected in the way that the built environment is experienced and used, in patterns of residence and movement, in the provision and consumption of services and consumer goods, in the nature of street culture and the diversity of the social arena, and in the shifting boundaries between the public and the private, the social and the political.

Table of Contents


I. Conceived Spaces

1. The Male Arena: The Urban Presence of Civic Militias in Denmark, c.1500–1900

2. "Yesterday Was a Busy Day with Me, or at Least with my Feet and my Stockings": Walking and Embracing Space in Early-Modern England

3. Pride and Resentment: Honour and Masculinity among Frenchmen in the Streets of late Eighteenth-Century Copenhagen

4. Place, Spaceand Gender in Le monde cosmopolite: A Female Household in Nice, 1855–7

5. European Seaside Resorts in the late Nineteenth/early Twentieth Centuries: Laboratories for Modern Gender Relations?

II. Constructed Spaces

6. "For the Gentlemen of the Town to Walk on by Way of Exchange": Gender, Space and Commerce in the Eighteenth-Century Town

7. The Aristocratic Palace as Urban Space in Eighteenth-Century Stockholm: The Fersen Palace

8. Behind Thin Walls: Private space and Notions of Privacy in late Eighteenth-Century Copenhagen

9. Urban Opportunities: Imperial St Petersburg and Helsinki as Marriage Markets for Elite Women

III. Contested Spaces

10. "Uncontrolled Crossings": Female Economic Territories in French Pre-Modern Towns

11. Absent Men and Tainted Houses: Gender, Identity and Place in Stockholm in 1719

12. Contentious Spaces: Urban Arenas for Violent Crowds in Pre-industrial Stockholm, c.1700–1850

13. "Cosmopolitan Pandemonium": Telling Stories about Mobs, Movement, and Mixing in Monte Carlo, 1863–1914

14. The City of Men: Gender, Space and Working-Class Domesticity in Late-Imperial Moscow

About the Editors

Elaine Chalus is Professor in History at Bath Spa University.

Marjo Kaartinen is Professor of Cultural History at University of Turku.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Gender and History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Modern / General
HISTORY / Social History