Small Towns in Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Heritage and Development Strategies

Luda Klusáková et al.

Small Towns in Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Luda Klusáková et al.

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

160 pages | 6 x 8 | © 2017
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9788024636450 Will Publish February 2018 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
Always in the shadow of their more famous urban neighbors, small towns are consistently overlooked in historical research, especially in Europe. This book investigates the ramifications of that tendency for development initiatives. Paying particular attention to the marketability of towns’ cultural heritage and of the diverse ways local culture has been influenced by national and regional history, an international team of urban historians, sociologists, and historians of art and architecture present case studies of towns in England, Spain, Portugal, Greece, the Czech Republic, and Russia to explore new methods for motivating development and renewal.
Review Quotes
Dobrinka Parusheva, Institute of Balkan Studies in Sofia, Bulgaria
“This edited volume . . . may help in filling the large gap . . . in the historical knowledge of urban Europe. There has been just one more project on European small towns carried out in the 1990s by Peter Clark and Bernard Lepetit, which dealt with the early modern period. Since then there have not been . . . other explorations that address small towns in Europe in any historical period. Hence my firm conviction that the . . . volume will definitely enforce . . . all-European knowledge about small towns and their role in preservation of the cultural heritage.”
Zdenek Uherek, director of the Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences
“From a greater distance it may become more explicit that individual cases testify to a certain marginalization of small towns in the modern period and, on the contrary, to their growing role in the period of globalization, when their wider networking through tourism, the media, and perhaps thanks to a certain saturation of interest in the metropolis, overcomes their historically given provincialism. This book is rich in content, inspiring, and certainly will be interesting for the professional public dealing with issues of history, anthropology, sociology, arts management, tourism, architecture, and urbanism.”
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