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New Book on Amsterdam Street Life

28 September 2023

On October 6, Bob Pierik’s book on the life in Amsterdam’s streets will see the light. Based on his PhD dissertation, the book recounts the everyday experiences of Amsterdammers...

New Book on Early Modern Streets.

7 February 2023

For the first time, Early Modern Streets unites the diverse strands of scholarship on urban streets between circa 1450 and 1800 and tackles key questions on how early modern urban...

Staying in One's Own Lane: A Pattern of Residential Marriage Mobility

10 November 2022

By Judith KraamwinkelOn 6 September 1737, Stijntje Koops married Hellebartus van der Schemp, both of whom were living on Kattenburg at the time.[1] Stijntje married five times in total...

New articles on gender, vehicles and privacy

12 September 2022

Two new articles by Bob are out now!  In the first of these, “Coaches, Sleighs, and Speed in the Street: “Vehicularization” in Early Modern Amsterdam,” in the Journal of Urban...