Digital Book Launch
January 21, 2021, 6 –7 pm (CET) Cisco Webex Meetings
Interurban Knowledge Exchange in Southern and Eastern Europe, 1870–1950
Edited by Eszter Gantner, Heidi Hein-Kircher and Oliver Hochadel (Routledge, 2020)
Introduction by Heidi Hein-Kircher (Herder Institute) and Oliver Hochadel (Institució Milà i Fontanals, CSIC Barcelona)
Commentaries by Harald Stühlinger (Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz) and Jan Surman (Independent Researcher)
Moderation: Tatsiana Astrouskaya (Herder Institute)
Around 1900 cities in Southern and Eastern Europe were persistently labeled "backward" and "delayed." Allegedly, they had no alternative but to follow the role model of the metropolises, of London, Paris or Vienna. This edited volume fundamentally questions this assumption. It shows that cities as diverse as Barcelona, Berdyansk, Budapest, Lviv, Milan, Moscow, Prague, Warsaw and Zagreb pursued their own agendas of modernization.
This interurban perspective helps to overcome nationalist perspectives in historiography as well as outdated notions of "center and periphery." This volume appeals to scholars from a large number of disciplines, including urban historians, historians of Eastern and Southern Europe, historians of science and medicine, and scholars interested in transnational connections.