Territories and networks in Europe: In search of a spatial order

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Medieval Europe was characterized by geopolitical disorder and territorial disunion. Around 1500 AD, as the modern era dawned, Europe comprised some 1,500 districts which were largely politically independent. Gradually, medium sized territories emerged around cores made up of cultural, economic, and political centres. The Lake Malar area in Sweden was such a territory; London, Paris, Berlin-Potsdam, Vienna, and Moscow formed the cores of others. The Spanish born sociologist Manuel Castells, who works in the USA, has described the increasing transnational mobility in peculiarly drastic terms, coining the phrase ‘from a space of locations to a space of flows’. The ensuing presentation of the European urban landscape is coloured by the idea that contacts, the processing of information, and the building of new knowledge form powerful driving forces in European social evolution. The western part of Europe was moulded by repeated migrations, by Medieval urban development, and by the tenets and styles of the Renaissance.

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  • Social Anthropology
  • Human Geography
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNetworks in Transport and Communications
Subtitle of host publicationA Policy Approach
PublisherRoutledge
Pages85-109
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780429819896
ISBN (Print)9781138333673
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes