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City and Society in the Low Countries, 1100-1600

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City and Society in the Low Countries, 1100-1600
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The Low Countries was collectively one of the earliest and most heavily urbanised societies in European history. Present-day Belgium and the Netherlands still share important common features, such as comparatively low income inequalities, high levels of per capita income, a balanced political structure, and a strong 'civil society'. This book traces the origins of this specific social model in medieval patterns of urbanisation, while also searching for explanations for the historical reproduction of social inequalities. Access to cheap inland river navigation and to the sea generated a 'river delta' urbanisation that explains the persistence of a decentralised urban economic network, marked by intensive cooperation and competition and by the absence of real metropolises. Internally as well, powerful checks and balances prevented money and power from being concentrated. Ultimately, however, the utmost defining characteristic of the Low Countries' urban cultures was located in their resilient middle classes.
Release date NZ
September 30th, 2018
Contributors
Edited by Anne-Laure Van Bruaene Edited by Bruno Blonde Edited by Marc Boone
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
320
ISBN-13
9781108474689
Product ID
27869831

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