Urban Communities in Early Modern Europe: a research review

The idea of community, and the kinds of behaviours and relationships that give communities form, has been back on the agenda of early modern studies in recent years – partly inspired by contemporary questions about social capital and how it’s accumulated, partly by fresh interest in the textures of urbanism, in the relationship between people and the built environment. The Urban Communities in Early Modern Europe, c1400-1700 project, an AHRC Connected Communities scoping study, assesses the state of historical research and proposes new lines of enquiry. The project is being conducted by Dr Fabrizio Nevola (Principal Investigator) and Dr David Rosenthal (Postdoctoral Research Officer) through the University of Bath between March and October 2011.

Through this website the project will provide extra content related to the review. Its aim is to collaboratively create a wiki-bibliography that will become a resource for scholars and students. Go to the Communities Bibliography page here to add an entry. Follow what else we are up to, with a regular blog on the progress of the review, as well as interviews with leading scholars, at our main site, earlymoderncommunities