HIRA & HPS.CESEE Digital Book Launch: Interurban Knowledge Exchange in Southern and Eastern Europe, 1870–1950

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January 21, 2021

6 –7 pm (CET)


Interurban Knowledge Exchange in Southern and Eastern Europe, 1870–1950

(Routledge, 2021)

Edited By

Eszter GantnerHeidi Hein-Kircher and Oliver Hochadel


Introduction by

Heidi Hein-Kircher (Herder Institute) and Oliver Hochadel (Institució Milà i Fontanals, CSIC Barcelona)

Commentaries by

Harald Stühlinger (Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz) and Jan Surman (Masaryk Institute and Archive of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague)

Moderation: Tatsiana Astrouskaya (Herder Institute)

Around 1900 cities in Southern and Eastern Europe were persistently labeled "backward" and "delayed." Allegedly, they had no alternative but to follow the role model of the metropolises, of London, Paris or Vienna. This edited volume fundamentally questions this assumption. It shows that cities as diverse as Barcelona, Berdyansk, Budapest, Lviv, Milan, Moscow, Prague, Warsaw and Zagreb pursued their own agendas of modernization. 

This interurban perspective helps to overcome nationalist perspectives in historiography as well as outdated notions of "center and periphery." This volume appeals to scholars from a large number of disciplines, including urban historians, historians of Eastern and Southern Europe, historians of science and medicine, and scholars interested in transnational connections.


More on the book: https://www.routledge.com/Interurban-Knowledge-Exchange-in-Southern-and-Eastern-Europe-187...

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMAfe6aVoMQhv5DeqTK_ml7l7OYv9t01ugn_3TQD38uQyrIg...

Digital HIRA (Herder Institute Research Academy) Book Launch is an event series launched by the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Institute of the Leibniz Association. We have developed the series to support a vivid academic exchange and discussion at a time when personal contacts remain restricted. The Digital HIRA Book Launch brings together alumni, current HIRA fellows, and interested colleagues offering the newest results of our research to the broader public.

HPS.CESEE is an online platform about the history of science in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Its aim is to facilitate the exchange of information among HPS scholars in the region stretching from Prague to Perm and from Tallinn to Tirana. You can find it on blogger (https://hpscesee.blogspot.com/), facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/hps.cesee/) and twitter (https://twitter.com/hpscesee).