Knowledge and the Early Modern City

The first book in the new Routledge series Knowledge Societies in History titled Knowledge and the Early Modern City will appear in August. This series will be edited by Prof Sven Dupré (Art History) and Prof Wijnand Mijnhardt (Cultural History). 

The expertise of the history of knowledge is essential in tackling the issues and concerns surrounding present-day global knowledge society. Books in this series historicize and critically engage with the concept of knowledge society, with conceptual and methodological contributions enabling the historian to analyse and compare the origins, formation and development of knowledge societies.

Knowledge society

The first volumes in the series are the result of a project Creating a knowledge society in a globalizing world, 1450-1800, which received funding through an internationalization grant from NWO (Dutch Science Foundation). The project explores manifestations of knowledge societies, moving away from a teleological model inherent in many discussions of modernity.


  • Title: Knowledge and the Early Modern City
  • Authors: Bert De Munck, Antonella Romano (ed.), Sven Dupré and Wijnand Mijnhardt (series ed.)
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 9781138337718