Towns in Societies: Essays in Economic History and Historical Sociology. Philip Abrams, E A. Wrigley.

Towns in Societies: Essays in Economic History and Historical Sociology

Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1979. Trade Paperback. Used - Very Good. Clean, unmarked, tight copy. 14 x 21.5 cm. Consolidated bibliography. Index. 344 pp. Item #13996

Does the town have a distinctive role in economic developments and social change? Can one distinguish between types of town which have distinctive types of role? Social scientists since Marx have tended to assume that there is a specifically urban contribution to history and the last 25 years have seen especially vigorous attempts to identify it. This book, which draws together papers presented at the annual conference of the Part and Present Society in 1975 or previously published in Past and Present, marks a step away from that assumption. Underlying all the chapters is a call for a quite radical rethinking of the history and sociology of the town, a call for a more open understanding of towns in societies and of societies in towns.

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