Living in the city, from Antiquity to the present
Since ancient times cities are centres of prosperity, social mobility and creativity. Usually this is attributed to the fact that urban men and women from different social classes, of different ages, origins, regions, ethnic backgrounds and religious orientations live in close proximity, exchange ideas and benefit from each other’s knowledge and skills. Yet it is not difficult to see that these differences also give rise to large mutual tensions and conflicts. In recent decades many of these tensions and conflicts have been well studied. Equally interesting, however, is the question why the urban social order is actually seldom dramatically disrupted.
This course (in Dutch) provides a panoramic view of the diverse but often surprisingly similar ways in which urban institutions and city dwellers since Classical Antiquity in Europe and the Mediterranean region sought an answer to the recurrent and still very topical question: how can we best live together in cities? Focusing on specific themes such as city and citizenship, crime and punishment, immigration and integration, culture & entertainment, a team of teachers - working closely in a new research group – will provide a wide range of clues to connect recent urban historical research to current issues & developments in today's urban society.
Maartje van Gelder; Lecturers: Amsterdam Centre for Urban History staff.