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Living conditions, urban
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The term “urban living conditions” is understood to denote the structural and spatial givens that provided dwelling space to the population in the dense confines of urban areas. Urban living conditions are in a constant state of flux throughout history, and must be seen in close interrelation with prevailing socio-economic conditions.

People dwelt in towns in noble palaces and patrician mansions, in the cramped, dark ti…

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Mohrmann, Ruth-E., “Living conditions, urban”, 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 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030572>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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