IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1523: Urban Networks in Northern Castile in the Later Middle Ages

Thursday 12 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:María Asenjo-González, Facultad de Geografía & Historia, Universidad Complutense
Moderator/Chair:José Antonio Jara Fuente, Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación y Humanidades, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Paper 1523-aUrban Economy and Territorial Impact in Northern Castile, 1475-1520
(Language: English)
David Igual Luis, Facultad de Humanidades de Albacete, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban
Paper 1523-bSocial Structure and Urban Political Ambitions: Valladolid in Later Middle Ages
(Language: English)
María Asenjo-González, Facultad de Geografía & Historia, Universidad Complutense
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History

In the Later Middle Age, cities can not be understood like islands in the middle of a feudal sea. Some of them were positively active in political terms and able to establish links with other political entities, while, at the same time, some of them acquired a higher status, acting as centre for others cities and villages. In this session, we will analyse this later type of city and the structure of their urban network in Northern Castile from 1450 to 1520. This region is placed in a very interesting area with commercial activity and a high number of small villages. The formation of urban interdependences there result from affinities and differences and change according to the specific possibilities of each town. The study of these urban systems shows the importance of cities like Valladolid and the network of villages that fight in a dynamic competition with social, economical, cultural, and political consequences.