M.H.D. van Leeuwen
- Residentiële segregatie in vroeg-moderne steden: Amsterdam in de eerste helft van de negentiende eeuw
- Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis
- Volume | Issue number
- 10 | 2
- Number of pages
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR)
Residential segregation in an early modern metropolis: Amsterdam circa 1830
Using data from the first land register (1832) of Amsterdam and modern gistechniques this study demonstrates that large early modern cities had more complex residential structures than small and medium sized ones. Early modern Amsterdam consisted of a mosaic of districts, each housing only part of the social pyramid (macro-segregation). Within those districts 'around the corner' segregation (meso-segregation) was typical. A central location, the quality of the environment and accessibility go a long way in explaining the observed patterns and they demonstrate that uni-dimensional models like the one proposed by Sjoberg in his influential study on the preindustrial city are unsatisfactory.
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