A pioneering text which covers the urban society of early modern Europe as a whole. Challenges the usual emphasis on regional diversity by stressing the extent to which cities across Europe shared a common urban civilization whose major features remained remarkably constant throughout the period. After outlining the physical, political, religious, economic and demographic parameters of urban life, the author vividly depicts the everyday routines of city life and shows how pitifully vulnerable city-dwellers were to disasters, epidemics, warfare and internal strife.

chapter |16 pages

Introduction: A Way of Living

part |2 pages

Part One: The City in Context

chapter 1|24 pages

Boundaries and Buildings

chapter 2|18 pages

City and State

chapter 3|29 pages

City and Church

chapter 4|24 pages

Production and Exchange

chapter 5|23 pages

Life and Death

part |2 pages

Part Two: The City as a Social Arena

chapter 6|27 pages

Work and Status

chapter 7|16 pages

Family and Household

chapter 8|32 pages

Power and Pride

chapter 9|29 pages

Poverty and Marginality

part |2 pages

Part Three: The City in Calm and Crisis

chapter 10|30 pages

Urban Routine

chapter 11|28 pages

Urban Crisis

chapter 12|24 pages

Urban Conflict