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SE Urban Thought, Working-Class Politics, and Social Movements: A History of Contestation in European Cities from 1870 to 1930

Philipp Reick

Modul 1: Governance and Public Sector in der europäischen Stadtgeschichte

Mi 12-14 • Beginn 18.04.2018 • HBS 103

From the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century, cities across Europe underwent a phase of tremendous urban change. Rather than studying this transformation from the perspective of planners, investors, and political decision-makers, in this seminar we analyze how ordinary tenants, neighborhood activists, members of housing cooperatives, working-class reformers, and socialist deputies perceived and interpreted the changing realities around them. Over the course of the seminar, we will familiarize ourselves with the variety of quantitative and qualitative sources that urban historians consult when interpreting the cultural and social history of past city life. In so doing, we will explore how urban space was produced and contested and how collective actors drew on resources and narratives that the urban cosmos provided. The seminar is divided into thematic blocks that focus on the impact of urban thought on socialist politics and discourse; on patterns of residential segregation and displacement; on working-class approaches towards urban housing; and on various forms of urban protest in the past. In our closing session, we will discuss some of the similarities and differences between contemporary urban social movements and past urban struggle.

Please bring you notebooks or mobile devices to class.

Literature: Peter Clark, European Cities and Towns, 400–2000 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009); Andrew Lees and Lynn Hollen Lees, Cities and the Making of Modern Europe, 1750–1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007); Friedrich Lenger, European Cities in the modern era, 1850–1914 (Leiden: Brill, 2012); Clemens Zimmermann, Die Zeit der Metropolen: Urbanisierung und Großstadtentwicklung (Frankfurt: Fischer, 1996).

 

 

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