Maps and Texts: Exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas

Maps and Texts: Exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas

Paperback Irish Historic Towns Atlas

Edited by H. B. Clarke, Edited by Sarah Gearty


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  • Publisher: Royal Irish Academy
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 258mm x 26mm | 1,080g
  • Publication date: 24 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Dublin
  • ISBN 10: 1908996145
  • ISBN 13: 9781908996145
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 848,817

Product description

This book emerges from the 25 'Irish Historic Towns Atlases' published to date. It brings together their authors' expertise and insights under the guidance of the editor, medieval historian H.B Clarke. With an attractive and highly readable design it explores what is unique about Irish towns and what is generic. Through comparisons it considers various categories of Irish urban life, how Ireland's major towns and cities interacted and changed over time and why that might be so. It considers town morphology as a social process in the making of urban Ireland and its distinct personality. The book comprises 20 individual essays that offer new perspectives on urban life in Ireland. In the first section, pairs of comparable towns, and in one case three towns, are explored - Armagh and Kells, Kilkenny and Limerick, Kildare and Tuam, Ennis and Longford, Belfast and Derry~Londonderry, Athlone, Longford and Mullingar. The second section focuses on aspects of urban life such as religion, manufacturing and education. In the final section, three critiques open further ground, suggesting various approaches and tools for understanding towns and their history, shape and diversity. 'Maps and Texts' broadens the ways in which atlases might be used, making it suitable for second level students as well as for more focused scholars. The book is in full colour and illustrated with over 90 maps, reconstructions, views and photographs.

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Author information

H.B. Clarke and Sarah Gearty have both worked on the IHTA project since the 1990s. H.B. Clarke is Professor Emeritus of Medieval Socio-economic History, University College, Dublin. Sarah Gearty is Cartographic and managing editor to the IHTA project, Royal Irish Academy.