Political Space in Pre-industrial Europe

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Beat A. Kümin
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - History - 282 pages
This collection examines the potential and limitations of spatial approaches for the political history of preindustrial Europe. Adopting a broad definition of 'political', the volume concentrates on two key questions: Where did political exchange take place? And how did spatial dimensions affect political life in different periods and contexts?Taken together, the essays demonstrate that premodern Europeans made use of a much wider range of political spaces than is usually assumed, and that spatial dimensions provided key variables in political life. By bridging common gaps between periods and disciplines, the volume offers a timely and critical engagement with the 'spatial turn' and a review of the potential and limits of spatial approaches for political history as a whole.
 

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Contents

Political Sites
17
Representing Political Space at a Political Site The Imperial Diets of the Sixteenth Century
19
The Princely Court and Political Space in Early Modern Europe
43
Drinking Houses and the Politics of Surveillance in Preindustrial Southampton
61
Politics Clubs and Social Space in Preindustrial Europe
81
Political Spaces and Parliamentary Enclosure in an Upland Context Cumbria c 17601840
95
Spatial Politics
115
Political and Geographical Space The Geopolitics of Medieval England
117
The Spatial Dynamics of Parish Politics Topographies of Tension in English Communities c 13501640
151
Petitioning Places and the Credibility of Opinion in the Public Sphere in SeventeenthCentury England
175
Which Switzerland? Contrasting Conceptions of the Early Modern Swiss Confederation in European Minds and Maps
197
Outwitting Power Bogus Kings and Officials in Early Modern England
215
Outlook
231
Comment from a Historical Perspective
233
Spaces in Theory Spaces in History and Spatial Historiographies
249
Copyright

Social Space and Urban Conflict Unrest in the German Imperial City of Esslingen am Neckar
135

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Professor Beat KÃ1/4min is Director of Research, Department of History, University of Warwick, UK.

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