By Pedro Telhado Pereira, Maria Eugénia Mata

There has been a huge explosion of curiosity in eu city historical past within the final a long time. throughout Europe we see a spate of recent examine initiatives and courses reading the commercial, demographic, social and cultural devel­ opments of the numerous millions of city centres -metropolitan towns, local towns and small cities. this is often hardly ever marvelous simply because city improvement has been one of many important forces shaping the transformation of Europe from the Renaissance to the modern period. One amazing function of the recent paintings is its strongly interdisciplinary personality with economists, archaeologists, geographers, artwork historians and sociologists, in addition to historians, participating in study. one other function of present techniques is the strain on comparative city historical past -using the variable pat­ terns of improvement in several international locations to shed mild not just on structural diversifications yet at the means of city swap itself. attesting to this enthusiasm for comparative background due to the fact that 1990 the ecu organization of city Historians (instituted through the eu Union) has organ­ ised huge -scale comparative meetings at the eu urban at Amsterdam, Strasbourg and Budapest. because the Nineteen Eighties there has additionally been a community of european­ ropean associations (including the colleges of Leicester, New college of Lisbon, Leiden, Cantabria, Humboldt collage, Berlin, and Strasbourg, Gent and Leuven) actively desirous about pupil educating programmes within the fiel- with aid from the eu Union ERASMUS programme.

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Amadora Caseai. Lisbon Sintra VU .. :) ~ Vieeu Number Centres % Centres/District Population % Centres/District Population Vila Real Number Centres Number Centres % Centres/District Population Viana do Castelo Number Centres % Centres/District Population Setubal (a) District Lamego Viseu Vila Real Chaves Viana do Castelo Almada Barreiro Montijo (ex. 1 (continued) 'i::I ~ Cl1 ~ ...... ~ ~ ...... de. Rabo de Pelxe Ribeir .. Grande Vila Franca do Campo Lagolt. Anara do Herolsrno Horta Centres 17,445 15,834 1 12 15,834 12 14 1~ 684,847 31 6,375 6,295 6,346 5,929 973,111 42 18 13 1S 36 16 12 15 1,594,728 66 22 1,342,838 ~7 1,037,914 42 18 13 16 1~ 16 1,695,581 74 22 1~ 1~ 1~ 16 1,417,166 63 21 14 1~ 21 1~ 39,558 19,941 1 11 31,352 5,256 39,558 1 16 19,941 20,262 1 12 20,262 5,925 21,048 5,639 6,981 6,305 7 21 9,435 6,631 61,29~ 1940 31,352 1 5,577 5,959 ~,721 5,478 18,022 5,088 13,406 5,648 14,498 7,829 17 ~ 42,975 1930 9,~71 1~ 33,642 4 1920 9,673 1~ 35,778 4 1911 811,891 17,445 1 12 6,200 15,870 50,448 6 20 10,393 5,313 1900 49,529 6 19 10,622 3,521 5,993 15,118 1890 879,784 1,029,151 1,091,497 7~O,210 Total Population In Centres 47 43 47 38 Number of Centre.

NiB .. legre AI&~. Amadora Caseai. Lisbon Sintra VU .. :) ~ Vieeu Number Centres % Centres/District Population % Centres/District Population Vila Real Number Centres Number Centres % Centres/District Population Viana do Castelo Number Centres % Centres/District Population Setubal (a) District Lamego Viseu Vila Real Chaves Viana do Castelo Almada Barreiro Montijo (ex. 1 (continued) 'i::I ~ Cl1 ~ ...... ~ ~ ...... de. Rabo de Pelxe Ribeir .. Grande Vila Franca do Campo Lagolt. Anara do Herolsrno Horta Centres 17,445 15,834 1 12 15,834 12 14 1~ 684,847 31 6,375 6,295 6,346 5,929 973,111 42 18 13 1S 36 16 12 15 1,594,728 66 22 1,342,838 ~7 1,037,914 42 18 13 16 1~ 16 1,695,581 74 22 1~ 1~ 1~ 16 1,417,166 63 21 14 1~ 21 1~ 39,558 19,941 1 11 31,352 5,256 39,558 1 16 19,941 20,262 1 12 20,262 5,925 21,048 5,639 6,981 6,305 7 21 9,435 6,631 61,29~ 1940 31,352 1 5,577 5,959 ~,721 5,478 18,022 5,088 13,406 5,648 14,498 7,829 17 ~ 42,975 1930 9,~71 1~ 33,642 4 1920 9,673 1~ 35,778 4 1911 811,891 17,445 1 12 6,200 15,870 50,448 6 20 10,393 5,313 1900 49,529 6 19 10,622 3,521 5,993 15,118 1890 879,784 1,029,151 1,091,497 7~O,210 Total Population In Centres 47 43 47 38 Number of Centre.

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