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Subaltern City?
Alternative and peripheral Urban Spaces in the Pre-modern Period

D. Menjot, P. Clark (eds.)
approx. 262 p., 2 b/w ill. + 4 colour ill., 4 b/w tables, 178 x 254 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58331-0
Languages: English, French
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The first detailed attempt to examine critically the concept of 'subaltern' or alternative and peripheral spaces in the pre-modern city.

The purpose of this volume is to question traditional notions of city space in pre-modern Europe (with its stress on space being incorporated, regulated and integrated, dominated by its merchants and crafts), and to investigate how far it was in fact economically and politically pluralistic with a great variety of functions and juridictions. The volume examines comparatively the range of different urban spaces in and outside the medieval and early modern city from gardens, farmland and wasteland to industrial sites, poor and rich suburbs, shooting grounds, green space, grey space and military zones. Case studies cover cities in France, Germany, Italy, the Low Countries, England, Portugal and the Middle East . We ask: how far was the pre-modern city a compact city? Or was it in fact a ‘subaltern city’, as geographers have recently proposed, where many urban spaces were contested and the municipality has to be seen as only one key spatial actor?

Denis Menjot is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the university of Lyon, president of the Société Française d’Histoire Urbaine, director of Histoire Urbaine, co-author of the Histoire de l’Europe Urbaine.

Peter Clark is Emeritus Professor of European Urban History at the University of Helsinki. From 1985 to 1999 he was director of the Centre for Urban History at Leicester University UK. He is one of the co-founders of the European Association for Urban History.

Table of Contents

1. Peter Clark, Denis Menjot
Preface
Introduction

2 .La ville en puzzle. Centralité et “subalternité” des espaces urbains à Bruxelles au Moyen Âge
Paulo Charruadas, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, Bram Vannieuwenhuyze, Universiteit Gent, KULeuven, Belgium

3. Une ville « perméable » ? L’espace de transition urbain-rural autour d’une ville aux XIIIe et XIVe siècles.
Catherine Xandry université de Picardie, France 

4. Penser les périphéries : l’apport du concept d’urbain pour Paris au XIVe siècle,
Boris Bove, université de Paris 8, France

5. Les liens d’interdépendance entre une cité et ses faubourgs à la fin du Moyen Âge (Amiens, XIIIe-XVIe siècles) 
Mathieu Beghin, post-doc, France

6. Locating marginality in the city: the extramural neighbourhoods of fifteenth-century London
Charlotte Berry, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, UK

7. Les fondouks chrétiens dans les villes musulmanes : espaces périphériques ou nouvelles polarités urbaines ?
Dominique Valérian, Université Lyon 2, France

8. Habiter une paroisse suburbaine. La population de San Giovanni in Laterano de Rome (1630-1680).
Eleonora Canepari, post-doc Université d’Aix-Marseille, France

9. Quartiers, faubourgs et anciens faubourgs : l’espace subalterne à Lyon (XVIe-XVIIIe)
Olivier Zeller, Université Lyon 2, France

10. L’embellissement de Marseille en 1666, entre soumission et résistance des faubourgs
 Julien Puget, UQAM, Montréal

11. La police des espaces non aedificandi de la fortification périurbaine à Lille et Bruxelles au XVIIIe siècle : des espaces abandonnés ou intégrés à la ville?
Catherine Denys University of Lille, France

12. The multiple uses of green space : Haarlem and the Haarlemmerhout in the eighteenth century
Carolien Boender Leiden University, Netherlands

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Urban history
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern history (1501-1800) : genres & specific topics
Urban history

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