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Cultural History Of Early Modern Streets— An Introduction

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This introductory chapter explores the history of the street in various European towns. Public and private, order and disorder, and control and hierarchy are discussed, and the inextricable link between the material and the immaterial in the history of the street is emphasized. Urban living is at the center of author's discussion. The chapter discusses material towns and the people in them; The authors interested not only in how people lived in their urban surroundings but also in how they imagined them-the chapter examines early modern streets as lived and imagined in actions, practices, and discussions. Historians have so far failed to bring out a balanced examination of the various aspects of the urban space-material, social, mental, discursive. People's ways of being in urban space usually contain both-experience is informed by many discourses in the culture, and also informs those discourses.

Keywords: European towns; private space; public space; street culture; urban living



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