Gender in the European Town
The Making of the Modern Town
The three hundred year period between 1650 and 1950 traces the emergence, diversification, and developing hegemony of the town in the history of Europe. As places which fostered and disseminated key social, economic, political and cultural developments, towns were central to the creation of gendered identities and the transmission of ideas across local, national and transnational boundaries.
This network of established and postgraduate historians from thirteen countries is examining the ways that the European urban experience was gendered over time and across borders, and their research and subsequent publications will revolve around the operation of gender in three distinct, but interrelated, areas of urban study: the economic, the political (particularly political culture) and the spatial. These three central themes speak directly to newer ideas of exploring the dynamics of culture – both as definition and as practice.