A general perspective on the regional development of Europe from 1300 to 1850

Kees Terlouw*

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This paper depicts the history of Europe's regional development using data on its urban population. It shows the tenacity of the European dorsal running from northern Italy northwestwards across Europe. It also examines the general pattern of the changes in Europe's regional development. This is almost the reverse of the present trend favouring the Mediterranean arc. During the period 1300-1850 the dominant position of the Mediterranean regions slowly declined in favour of the northwestern part of Europe. The specific differentiation within this general trend fits remarkably well with Braudel's description of the changing core of the European world-system. Besides showing the general patterns of stability and change in Europe's regional development, this paper also maps the development of individual regions. This shows the specific regional differentiation within this general pattern and demonstrates how some regions deviate from the general trend.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-146
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Historical Geography
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996


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