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Road construction
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Throughout the early modern period, streets and roads served for personal transportation as well as for the transport of light goods (Land transport), while bulk commodities like wood and grain were either transported by water or excluded from long-distance trade on account of the high cost of transport. The quality of the roads was therefore of great importance both for mobility in peace and war, for transport through the post (Mail), and for l…

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Müller, Uwe, “Road construction”, 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 30 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028389>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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