Nouvelle acquisition : Urban hierarchy : the interaction between towns and cities in Europe in late medieval and early modern times
ASENJO-GONZÁLEZ María (ed.), CROUZET-PAVAN Elisabeth, ZORZI Andrea
Urban hierarchy : the interaction between towns and cities in Europe in late medieval and early modern times
Turnhout : Brepols, 2021, 228 p.
Collection SEUH, Studies in European urban history (1100-1800) ; 53
Urban hierarchy means a new study approach that focuses on the reciprocal concurrence of relationships between urban centers, their complementarity, opposition, support and ongoing collaboration. The goal is to go beyond thesingle analysis of a city and focus on the interaction between towns and cities and to distinguish their dynamics and the degree of specialization within a political framework. The final objective is to provide a comprehensive historical analysis as urban history requires, open to the advantages of interdisciplinarity and the contributions of the international researchers that will take part in the book. The processes of urban hierarchization are not only vital for observing the dynamics of cities, but also for studying in depth the response capabilities of the urban systems in the face of new challenges and stimuli. These aspects of the historical analysis of cities are still quite unexplored and, therefore, they will receive a great deal of attention in the book. The initial regional frameworks will not exclude small towns and rural centers since, even though they may look less potentially relevant, they might display greater specific development. Thanks to a renewed methodology and special attention to the empirical basis, it is possible to improve our knowledge of the urban systems of European regions at the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Early Modern Era, shedding light on some aspects of the medieval past that will also influence other scientific areas of humanities. (4e de couv.)