London 2007
13-15 July



Draft programm

The International Commission for the History of Towns
London Meeting, 13-15 July 2007

to be held at

Institute of Historical Research (University of London)
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

(Unless otherwise stated, the meetings will take place in the Wolfson Room on the first floor of the Institute)

Draft programme

12 July(Thursday) or 13 July morning (Friday): Arrival

13 July (Friday)

11.30 – 12.30: Meeting of Commission atlas group (Germany Room, 2nd floor)

12.30 - 14.00  lunch

14.00 - 15.00  Anngret Simms, Finn-Einar Eliassen and Derek Keene, Introductory discussion to the theme of communication between towns and between towns and their hinterlands

15.00 – 15.30  Prof. Hubert Houben, Lecce, Towns and communication in medieval south Italy

15.30   Questions

15.40 – 16.10  coffee/tea

16.10 – 16.40 Prof. Roman Czaja, Torun, Communication between the Prussian towns and their hinterlands in the 14th and 15th centuries17.30 - 18.30  Commission general meeting

16.40–17.10 Discussion

17.15–18.15 Drinks

17.15–18.15 Commission bureau meeting (Germany Room, 2nd floor)

18.15–19.45 Commission general meeting (Wolfson Room)

20.15 Dinner for Commission members and speakers

14 July (Saturday)

09.45–10.35 Shorter contributions (10 minutes each):

Judit Majorossy, Budapest Pilgrima ge as a form of communication between towns

Sylvain Malfroy, Dictionnaire historique de la Suisse, Berne Transports et communication à travers les Alpes et entre Rhône et Rhin: ressources du Dictionnaire historique de la Suisse <> pour l'approfondissement de ces questions

Károly Goda, Budapest The Tale of Two Cities:Conflict and Co-operation between Wiener Neustad t and Sopron in late medieval Western Pannonia

Neil Barton, London The electric telegraph and communication between English towns, 1837–1869

10.35–11.00 Discussion

11.00–11.30 Coffee

11.30–12.00 Prof. Kaoru Ugawa, Tokyo The Shogun's Highway System from the 17th to the mid 19th Century

12.00–12.30 Prof. Franz Irsigler, Trier Letters as a medium of communication among late medieval merchants.

12.30–13.00 Dr. Mirela Altić, Zagreb The impact of changes in the Croatian borders on traffic between towns, 1500–1820

13.00–13.30 Discussion

13.30–14.30 Lunch

14.30–15.00 Prof. Karlheinz Blaschke, Dresden Die Oberlausitzische Städtebund als System zwischentädtischer Kommunikation von 1346 bis 1865 (The Upper-Lusatian league of towns as a system of communication, from 1346 to 1865)

15.00–15.30 Finn-Einar Eliassen, Tonsberg Postal statistics as evidence of urban networks: Norway c.1800

15.30–15.50 Discussion

15.50–16.20 Coffee/tea

16.20–16.50 Prof. Pim Kooij, Wageningen Interurban relations around a green heart: the Dutch Randstad in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

16.50–17.05 Discussion [Senate House closes at 17.15 on Saturdays]

15 July, Sunday

10.00–13.00 Walking tour of the City of London, with a focus on communications, A.D. 50–2007 led by Derek Keene and Laura Wright (University of Cambridge).

13.00 Departure


For general arrangements and proposals for papers:
Derek Keene: tel +44 (0)20 7862 8799)