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Circulating practices: Networks and exchange between emerging cities in Europe's Borderlands, 1880-1945

Panel des Herder-Instituts bei der 42nd annual conference of the Social Science History Association, November 2-5, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Until now the focus of the research in the case of the cities of Eastern and Southern Europe was mainly migration and institutions of technology transfer (such as universities) suggesting a transfer of knowledge and practices from the center to the periphery. But instead of following this topos of urban history, the proposed panel of the Herder-Institute Germany concentrates on the less researched exchanges of actors, practices and strategies of knowledge between the cities of the European borderlands such as East Europe.
This will be achieved with a special focus on the production and distribution of civic engineering, which played a particularly important role in the modernization of the architectural and infrastructural system of these emerging cities in the late 19th and early 20th century with their fast growing population.  Budapest, or Lemberg and Gdansk/Danzig emerged in the interface of national visions and desires and of international processes and influences. Although the metropolises of the age like Paris and London had an enormous impact on the urbanization of these cities, at the same time they have been practical enough to turn to each other for solving social and infrastructural problems emerged due their similar urbanism.
This hypothesis and understanding these cities as “emerging cities”, we would like to analyze trough the comparative perspective and the lenses of the engineering sciences.

Session organizer and chair: Dr. Eszter Gantner
Commentator: Professor Till van Rahden
Heidi Hein-Kircher (Herder Institute): The challenges of providing healthy living conditions. The Case of Lviv
Eszter Gantner (Herder Institute): “Between local and global” – The network of a civil engineer at the turn of the 19th and 20th century from East Central Europe
Máté Tamáska (Hungarian National Archive, Budapest): „Little Vienna-Little Budapest”: Ring Roads and Circles in the Regional Cities of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy (1850-1920)
Adrian Mitter (University of Toronto/Herder Institute): Danzig - From Emerging City to City-State: Performance of Unwanted Statehood and Germanization of Urban Heritage in a European Borderland

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