Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity

Urban History

Urban heritage encompasses not only the material environment of cities (urbs) but also the immaterial heritage of urban institutions and social relations (civitas) and, ultimately, urban values and representations (topos).

The analysis of how the heritage of urban communities has been constructed in the past and to which extent relations between urban space, society and values have changed over time, is a key ambition in international research on urban history, with a wider significance for the challenges of urban governance and society today.

Over 30 scholars in the Centre for Urban History, representing the largest research group in the Netherlands for the study of urban history, focus on a range of themes: from urban governance, economy, class and gender relations, to religion, ethnic identity, crime, health, housing, planning, leisure and representation. Their expertise forms a springboard to formulate new questions on the history and contemporary condition of complex urban societies.

Published by  Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity

8 January 2016