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Traffic and transport
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1. Introduction

All economically developed societies of the early modern period used land routes and watercourses (as their particular topography permitted) to transport people, goods, and information. Such routes shaped territories’ economic geography and, in consequence of this, determined the emergence of cultural centers. Water transport enjoyed the fundamental advantage that boats and ships could carry far heavier cargos than land vehicles, but na…

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Popplow, Marcus and Ellmers, Detlev, “Traffic and transport”, 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 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029583>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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