Knowledge and the Early Modern City uses case studies from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries to examine the relationships between knowledge and the city and how these changed in a period when the nature and conception of both was drastically transformed.

Both knowledge formation and the European city were increasingly caught up in broader institutional structures and regional and global networks of trade and exchange during the early modern period. Moreover, new ideas about the relationship between nature and the transcendent, as well as technological transformations, impacted upon both considerably. This book addresses the entanglement between knowledge production and the early modern urban environment while incorporating approaches to the city and knowledge in which both are seen as emerging from hybrid networks in which human and non-human elements continually interact and acquire meaning. It highlights how new forms of knowledge and new conceptions of the urban co-emerged in highly contingent practices, shedding a new light on present-day ideas about the impact of cities on knowledge production and innovation.

Providing the ideal starting point for those seeking to understand the role of urban institutions, actors and spaces in the production of knowledge and the development of the so-called ‘modern’ knowledge society, this is the perfect resource for students and scholars of early modern history and knowledge.

chapter |30 pages

Knowledge and the early modern city

An introduction
ByBert De Munck, Antonella Romano

part Part I|2 pages

Knowledge and the staging of the city

chapter 1|25 pages

The theatrum as an urban site of knowledge in the Low Countries, c. 1560–1620

ByAnne-Laure Van Bruaene

chapter 2|21 pages

Artisanal ‘histories’ in early modern Nuremberg

ByHannah Murphy

chapter 3|20 pages

Boatmen, Druids and Parisii in Lutetia

Archaeologising Parisian society in eighteenth-century civic epistemology
ByStéphane Van Damme

part Part II|2 pages

Urban agency, science, technology and the making of the city

chapter 4|25 pages

Stench and the city

Urban odors and technological innovation in early modern Leiden and Batavia
ByMarius Buning

chapter 5|23 pages

Cities, long-distance corporations and open air sciences

Antwerp, Amsterdam and Leiden in the early modern period
ByKarel Davids

part Part III|2 pages

Imperial cities, knowledge for empires?

chapter 7|24 pages

André de Avelar and the city of Coimbra

Spaces of knowledge and belief during the early modern Iberian Union
ByLeonardo Ariel Carrió Cataldi

chapter 8|26 pages

Roman urban epistemologies

Global space and universal time in the rebuilding of a sixteenth-century city
ByElisa Andretta, Antonella Romano

chapter 9|27 pages

The library, the city, the empire

De-provincialising Vienna in the early seventeenth century
ByPaola Molino