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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 605: Crossing Urban Legal Boundaries in Northern Europe, II: The Town and Beyond

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Edda Frankot, Research Institute of Irish & Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen
Miriam Tveit, Fakultetet for Samfunnsvitenskap, Nord universitet
Moderator/Chair:Miriam Tveit, Fakultetet for Samfunnsvitenskap, Nord universitet
Paper 605-aPublic Health in Pre-Modern Norway?
(Language: English)
Erik Opsahl, Institutt for historiske studier, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Law, Social History
Paper 605-bScottish Towns and Their Hinterlands: A Symbiotic Relationship
(Language: English)
David Ditchburn, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Law
Paper 605-cEnglish Towns and Their Suburbs: Questions of Boundaries
(Language: English)
Richard Holt, Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Law

The distinction between town and countryside was in some ways quite sharply drawn - for example with regard to law. But in other ways the distinction was much more blurred. This session aims to illuminate the complex physical, ideological, and metaphorical boundaries between a town and its surroundings. Opsahl asks what borders existed in Norway when it came to instituting preventative healthcare in town and countryside. Ditchburn examines especially the regulation of the economic relationship between Scottish towns and their hinterlands, which extended overseas too. Holt explores how the separate physical, tenurial, or sometimes legal identity of suburbs might have given rise to conflicts concerning jurisdiction between them and borough communities.