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A road is a link connecting two places: a stretch that a traveler or pedestrian “covers to reach a goal” [1. 2852]. Roads and streets make the human environment accessible, while they structure it and convey an impression of its dimensions. They are the arteries of human communication. Early modern roads can be classified according to their origin (Roman roads, Hellwege [broad highways]), nature (defiles, mountain passes), construction (corduroy roads, paved roads [Chaussee]), and use (post road, pilgrimage route, farm lane, church street, mill street). With fe…

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Beyrer, Klaus, “Road”, 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 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_030124>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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