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Towns and Communication, Volume 1

Communication in Towns

Neven Budak, Finn-Einar Eliassen, and Katalin Szende, Editors

Publication Year: 2011

The advent of email and texting has dramatically changed the way we communicate. In essence, we have lost "touch" in our dealings with each other. This change may have been speeded by newer technologies, but telegraphs and telephones had a great impact in our perceptions of time and place. Before mass communication, the way we ordered and embedded knowledge and the possibilities of social interaction were defined by the extended human experience of living in towns. Can this experience be replicated with new technologies? The topics discussed include Lines of Communication in Medieval Dublin/Places of Power: The Spreading of Official Information and the Social Uses of Space in Fifteenth-Century Paris/Ferry services and Social Life in Early Modern Norwegian Towns/Networking Ireland in the Nineteenth-century: The Role of Cartography/Harbor, Rail and Telegraph: The Post Office and Communication in Nineteenth-century Dublin/The Tramway and the Urban Development of Zagreb in the Period of Modernization/Migrant Development of Communication Space in Sydney

Published by: The University of Akron Press


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pp. 7-8

In September 2006 the International Commission for the History of Towns (ICHT) gathered for its annual assembly in Zagreb (Croatia). In order to prepare for this meeting, members of the Commission wrote and received emails or letters inviting them to come to Zagreb or to give a paper at the congress. They answered these invitations in the same way. They came to Zagreb by plane, by train or by ...

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Derek Keene Communications in medieval towns – Introductory Remarks

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pp. 9-20

This paper offers some reflections on medieval towns by way of an introduction to our larger theme. This is partly because I know the Middle Ages best, but also because knowledge of this early period continues to be relevant to our understanding of how communication in towns operates today. Moreover, I take a fairly long view of the Middle Ages, stopping only with the nineteenth-century beginnings of that ...

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Howard B. Clarke Lines of Communication in Medieval Dublin

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pp. 21-33

“Communication” can take many forms. Medieval cities and towns, even those of a modest size, were complex organisms that required diverse mechanisms to make them function effectively. It could be argued that the topic divides itself naturally into three main types: first, physical in terms of traffic flows on land and on water; secondly, administrative in terms...

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Veronika Nov

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pp. 47-66

On 29 August 1412, the Parliament in Paris did not meet because its members, to-gether with many other clerics and laymen of the city, took part in a thanksgiving procession, going from Notre Dame to the Sainte Geneviève Abbey (the site of today’s Panthéon), organised to celebrate the peace treaty concluded in Auxerre between the ...

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Thomas Riis Les communications en ville: Danemark et Schleswig-Holstein au Moyen Âge et à l’époque moderne

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pp. 67-80

Il faut distinguer deux types de communication : la communication de messages à l’aide de signaux optiques ou acoustiques1 et la communication de personnes qui Le message le plus simple est celui transmis par un symbole comme le drapeau. Comme les armoiries de Tallinn sont identiques au drapeau danois, la ville a dû les ...

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Finn-Einar Eliassen Ferry services and social life in early modern Norwegian towns

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pp. 81-99

In Norway, with its long coastline, many fjords, and long history of contacts across the seas, there is an old saying that „the land divides, but the sea unites”. Through the centuries, the geography of the country has been a strong factor in town location, In early modern Norway, nearly all towns were situated on the coast. Their economic ...

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Laurenţiu Rădvan Between free passage and restriction. Roads and bridges in the towns of Wallachia and Moldavia (16th-18th century)

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pp. 101-116

Roads, along with towns, stand among the oldest human creations. They may be considered in conjunction with each other, since roads appeared only when large communities of tradesmen and manufacturers felt that communication required routes that were better made and more reliable. Therefore, roads are not a product of the Middle Ages, and they held little priority during that period; however, they did ...

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Jean Pierre Poussou Les problemes de circulation en centre-ville. L’exemple de Bordeaux depuis le XVIIIe siècle

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pp. 117-130

Contrairement à ce que l’on croit souvent, les difficultés de circulation et de communication des centres-villes n’ont pas attendu le XX° siècle: elles ont déjà été considérables à l’époque où l’on ne circulait qu’à pied, à cheval, ou en charrettes, ce qui veut dire que les structures urbaines ont...

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Jacinta Prunty Networking Ireland in the nineteenth-century: the role of cartography

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pp. 131-171

The complexity of communications within towns, and the many ways in which communications took place, has been highlighted by Derek Keene in his contribution to this volume. In the process of developing communications in nineteenth-century Ireland, map-making played a central role, as this paper will argue. The Ordnance Survey six-inch townland maps (figure 1, Galway example) carried a far greater amount ...

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Frank Cullen Harbour, rail and telegraph: the Post Office and communication in nineteenth-century Dublin

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pp. 173-196

The nineteenth century has been described as being ‘dramatically different from preceding centuries’.2 This difference is clearly evident when examining the theme of towns and communication. In the medieval town, communication was defined by the street layout and the location of public spaces such...

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Snješka Knežević The Tramway and the Urban Development of Zagreb in the Period of Modernization

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pp. 197-229

Tramways, which were introduced here only 20 years ago, but have come to predominate in public transport in America for a longer period of time, are still at the beginning of their development. Built up areas and regulatory plans are the main obstacles to this development. The current roads are already occupied ...

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Richard Harrison ‘To Move With the Times We Cannot Have Lines’: The Decline of Leicester’s Tramway System, 1930-1950

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pp. 231-251

This short poem was printed on the last tramcar to be decommissioned in Leicester on 9th November 1949. During the course of the 20th century, the majority of British cities witnessed a decline of public transport in favour of the private motor car. This was due to the desire for a more modern mode of transport within the urban environment....

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Walter F. Lalich Migrant development of communication space in Sydney

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pp. 253-275

Communication comprehended as transfer of information from one to another group or between individuals (Giddens 1997) flourishes under the impact of migration as it appropriates new significance, forms and meaning, modes and fields, in urban environments where most immigrants settle. Any consideration on migration-generated ...

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Mirela Slukan Altić Traffic and its Impact on Morphological and Functional Urban Development: Case Studies of Bjelovar, Sisak, and Koprivnica

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pp. 277-308

Traffic is one of the dominant factors that influence the location of emerging towns, their spatial development (i.e., their morphological structure), and their functional structure (i.e., the spatial order of their functional zones and buildings with central ...

E-ISBN-13: 9781935603580
E-ISBN-10: 1935603582
Print-ISBN-13: 9781935603030
Print-ISBN-10: 1935603035

Page Count: 308
Illustrations: 13 line drawings, 12 graphs, 38 photos
Publication Year: 2011