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European urbanisation in the modern and contemporary period


The project aims to:- create the first major Europe-wide computerized data-bases (at Leicester, Leiden and Strasbourg) on European urban demographic, economic and social development, covering data from most EC countries;- set up a of specialist multi-national studies on key aspects of European urbanization, each project coordinated by one of the network teams. The project findings will be disseminated throughout the EC through conferences, publications and activities of the European Association of Urban Historians (based at Leicester).All European countries have experienced a recent surge in research into European urban history both nationally and locally but sustained research collaboration has failed to develop. This pan-European project is of significant relevance to the scientific and public understanding of European society at this end of the 20th century.
Large computerized databases with data on urbanization from most European Community (EC) countries have been established; at Leicester (on European urban demographic trends, 18th-20th centuries); at Leiden (on European urban occupations, 18th-20th centuries); and at Strasbourg (on European social indicators). The specialist comparative projects on major aspects of European urbanization have been planned and are now well advanced. There have been numerous exchanges/training visits of the younger research staff, and of the 3 institutional fellows. Two major colloquia have been held at Strasbourg (September 1993) and Gent (April 1994), with project evaluation meetings and scientific sessions, attended by members from all the teams, EC research fellows, and specially invited scholars from secondary networks.


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