Innovation and creativity in late medieval and early modern European cities / edited by Karel Davids, Bert De Munck.

Farnham, Surrey : Ashgate, [2014]
xvi, 420 pages ; 24 cm


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"Late medieval and early modern cities are often depicted as cradles of artistic creativity and hotbeds of new material culture. Cities in renaissance Italy and in seventeenth and eighteenth-century northwestern Europe are the most obvious cases in point. But, how did this come about? Why did cities rather than rural environments produce new artistic genres, new products and new techniques? How did pre-industrial cities evolve into centres of innovation and creativity? As the most urbanized regions of continental Europe in this period, Italy and the Low Countries provide a rich source of case studies, as the contributors to this volume demonstrate. They set out to examine the relationship between institutional arrangements and regulatory mechanisms such as citizenship and guild rules and innovation and creativity in late medieval and early modern cities. They analyze whether, in what context and why regulation or deregulation influenced innovation and creativity, and what the impact was of long-term changes in the political and economic sphere"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Innovation and creativity in late medieval and early modern European cities : introduction / Karel Davids and Bert De Munck
  • The cities of glass : privileges and innovations in early modern Europe / Corine Maitte
  • Craft guild legislation and woollen production : the Florentine arte della lana in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries / Francesco Ammannati
  • New products and technological innovation in the silk industry of Vicenza in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries / Edoardo Demo
  • To kill two birds with one stone : keeping immigrants in by granting free burghership in early modern Antwerp / Jan de Meester
  • The secret perfume : technology and the organization of soap production in northern Italy between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries / Alberto Grandi
  • Textiles manufacturing, product innovations and transfers of technology in Padua and Venice between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries / Andrea Caracausi
  • The spatial side of innovation : the local organization of cultural production in the Dutch Republic, 1580-1800 / Claartje Rasterhoff
  • Beyond exclusivism : entrance fees for guilds in the early modern Low Countries, 1450-1800 / Karel Davids and Bert de Munck
  • The coopers' guilds in Holland, c. 1650-1720 : a market logic? / Janneke Tump
  • The early modern Antwerp Coopers' Guild : from a contract-enforcing organization to an empty box? / Raoul de Kerf
  • The paradox of the Antwerp Rose : symbol of decline or token of craftsmanship? / Annelies de Bie
  • Harbouring urban creativity : the Antwerp Art Academy and the tension between artistic and artisanal training in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries / Dries Lyna
  • Innovation in the capital city : central policies, markets and migrant skills in Neapolitan ceramic manufacturing in the eighteenth century / Alida Clemente
  • Innovations, growth and mobility in the secondary sector of Trieste in the eighteenth century / Daniele Andreozzi.
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