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: 781,344

Product description

This volume, Maps and texts, is concerned with making comparisons to discover what is unique about Irish towns and what is generic. It considers various categories of urban life, how they interacted and changed over time and why that might be so. Based on the 25 published Irish Historic Town Atlases that are now available, and three annual seminars that examined their contents, Maps and texts tries to broaden the ways in which historic town atlases might be used and considers morphology as a social process in the making of urban Ireland. In this way it is an attempt to grapple with what Estyn Evans described, in another context, as the question of 'personality'. Maps and texts comprises 20 individual essays that offer readers 3 different perspectives on urban life in Ireland. First, 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. Secondly, aspects of urban life such as religion, manufacturing and education are the focus. Finally, three critiques offer a broader view into various approaches and tools for understanding towns and their history, shape and diversity. 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.