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The Early Modern City 1450-1750

By Christopher R. Friedrichs

Routledge – 1995 – 392 pages

Series: A History of Urban Society in Europe

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    978-0-582-01320-9
    February 6th 1995

Description

A pioneering text which covers the urban society of early modern Europe as a whole. Challenges the usual emphasis on regional diversity by stressing the extent to which cities across Europe shared a common urban civilization whose major features remained remarkably constant throughout the period. After outlining the physical, political, religious, economic and demographic parameters of urban life, the author vividly depicts the everyday routines of city life and shows how pitifully vulnerable city-dwellers were to disasters, epidemics, warfare and internal strife.

Reviews

'Christopher Friedrich's book is a major achievement …[it] is an extremely valuable and welcome synthesis, scholarly, encyclopaedic and well argued. It will be an essential item for all students of urban history.'

History Today

"This is a valuable book, in particular for its thematic approach. It is aimed at a general as well as academic readership, and would be a useful addition to libraries of schools where urban studies form part of the curriculum."

History Teaching Review

Contents

INTRODUCTION: A WAY OF LIVING.

PART 1 THE CITY IN CONTEXT

Boundaries and Buildings; City and State; City and Church; Production and Exchange; Life and Death.

PART 2 THE CITY AS A SOCIAL ARENA

Work and Status; Family and Household; Power and Pride; Poverty and Marginality.

PART 3 THE CITY IN CALM AND CRISIS

Urban Routine; Urban Crisis; Urban Conflict. CONCLUSION A WAY OF LOOKING.

Name: The Early Modern City 1450-1750 (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Christopher R. Friedrichs. A pioneering text which covers the urban society of early modern Europe as a whole. Challenges the usual emphasis on regional diversity by stressing the extent to which cities across Europe shared a common urban civilization whose major features remained...
Categories: Early Modern Europe, European History, Urban History