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Fire, town/city
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Town or city fires, as distinct from the minor blazes that were an everyday hazard in premodern towns, are defined as catastrophic fires that caused extensive destruction of the urban area. In the era of the “preindustrial urban fire pattern,” which continued to manifest itself until the late 19th century (e.g. the complete destruction of Sundsvall and Umea, Sweden, in 1888) [11], such fires were among the greatest threats to urban populations.

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Weigl, Andreas, “Fire, town/city”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028044>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126



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