Towns are imagined, lived and experienced, as much as they are conceived and constructed. They reflect cultural and intellectual currents, prevailing economic climates and unresolved tensions. They are physical entities, shaped by topography, time and technology, as well as social and spatial constructs. They are also always gendered and contested spaces.

This volume, the last from the Gender in the European Town (GENETON) project, approaches life in the European town over time and across class and national boundaries. Through contextualized case studies, it provides scholars and students with new research—snapshots—of contemporary physical and built environments that explores how contemporary urban residents experienced and deployed gendered urban spaces over an important period of modernization.

chapter 1|11 pages

Conceived, Constructed and Contested Spaces

Gender and European Towns—Introduction
ByElaine Chalus, Marjo Kaartinen

part I|119 pages

Conceived and Constructed Spaces

chapter 2|17 pages

Aristocratic Townhouse as Urban Space

The Fersen Palace in Eighteenth-Century Stockholm
ByJohanna Ilmakunnas

chapter 3|14 pages

“A Busy Day with Me, or at Least with My Feet & My Stockings”

Walking for Health and the Female Pedestrian’s Spaces in Eighteenth-Century British Towns
ByMarjo Kaartinen

chapter 4|29 pages

“For the Gentlemen of the Town to Walk on by Way of Exchange”

Gender, Space and Commerce in the Eighteenth-Century Town
ByDeborah Simonton

chapter 5|20 pages

Spaces of Sociability in Fashionable Society

Brighton and Nice, c.1825–35
ByElaine Chalus

chapter 6|19 pages

Marriage Markets for Elite Women

Imperial St Petersburg and Helsinki
ByMarjatta Rahikainen

chapter 7|18 pages

The City of Men

Gender, Space and Working-Class Domesticity in Late-Imperial Moscow
ByAnna Mazanik

part II|99 pages

Contested Spaces

chapter 8|18 pages

“Uncontrolled Crossings”

Gender and Illicit Economic Territories in Eighteenth-Century French Towns 1
ByAnne Montenach

chapter 9|15 pages

Contentious Spaces

Urban Arenas for Violent Crowds in Pre-Industrial Stockholm, c.1700–1850 1
ByMats Berglund

chapter 10|16 pages

Absent Men and Tainted Houses

Gender, Place and Self in Stockholm in 1719
ByKarin Sennefelt

chapter 11|16 pages

Behind Thin Walls

Contested Spaces and Spheres of Authority in Late Eighteenth-Century Copenhagen
ByCamilla Schjerning

chapter 12|16 pages

Wives with Knives and Lovers

Murder and Marital Households in Eighteenth-Century London and Paris 1
ByAnna Jenkin

chapter 13|16 pages

Pride and Resentment

French Émigrés and Republicans in the Streets of Late Eighteenth-Century Copenhagen
ByUlrik Langen