This edited collection examines the formation of urban networks and role of gateways in Europe from the Middle Ages to the modern world. In the past, gateway cities were merely perceived as transport points, only relevant to maritime shipping. Today they are seen as the organic entities coordinating the allocation of resources and supporting the growth, efficiency and sustainability of logistics (including both the transport and distribution of goods and services). Using different historical case studies, the authors consider how logistics shaped urban networks and were shaped by them.
is Professor of Economic History at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy, in the Department of Management. In 2018-19 he was the Thomas K. McCraw Visiting Fellow in US Business History at Harvard Business School. He works on organisational history in a long term perspective.
Michael-W. Serruys is a Marie Sklodowska Curie Action Fellow at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France. In recent years his main focus lay on 18th century Belgian economic, maritime and transport history. As a MSCA Fellow he now researches the societal effects of environmental crisis, like the shipworm epidemic in 18th century Western Europe.
Miki Sugiura is Professor of Global Economic History at the Faculty of Economics of Hosei University, Japan. Currently (2018-2020) she is Visiting Professor of Global History and Culture at the University of Warwick. Her research interests include history of distribution and trade organizations, urban formation and women's property formation. She also has published recently multiple articles and books on circulations and recycling of textile products.
Part I: A Single Gateway2. Gateway of GothenburgPart II: Changing Shapes of Urban Networks3. Bordeaux from Its Vineyards to Its Hinterland: A Regional Capital in the Late Middle Ages4. Urban Networks on the Move: The Austrian Netherlands' Transit Policy and the Development of the Belgian Urban Networks in the 18th Century (1705-1793)5. Persistence and Evolution in the Eastern Sicilian Coastal Corridor: The Mobility of Goods and People at the Port of Catania (1817-1860)6. Bridging the Gap: The Belfast-Dublin Railway Corridor in the 19th CenturyPart III: The Making of a Regional Network7. Urban Network and Economic Policy: The Milanese Case during the Spanish and Austrian Age8. The Construction of an Inland Gateway: Milan in the Early Modern Period9. Gateways as Intermodal Nodes in Different Ages: The Venetian Region, 18th to 20th CenturiesPart IV: Using the Network10. The Flaxseed Trade between Courland and Brittany in the 18th Century11. Ports and Their Functions: Some Reflections about Preindustrial Logistics12. Tracking Waters: Small Cities Transport Network of Early Modern Friesland