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- DescriptionThe book describes the functions of water in Polish towns from the late Middle Ages to the beginning of the Early-Modern Era against a wide European background. It presents the issue of water supply in the context of the town as a complex social and ecomic organism, taking into account social relations, administration and power as well as living and working conditions. Describing water supply devices, the author reconstructs the ways in which the techniques were transferred to the Polish lands. She analyses municipal court books and documents concerning towns of various sizes in the Polish lands from the 14
th to the 16 th century, with particular emphasis on Krakow. In addition, she also considers archaeological and icographical sources. Her findings provide a new insight into the alimentary and hygienic uses of water, its importance for production and crafts, and its use as a source of energy, transport and communication. This is the first broad comparative presentation of the subject in Polish and European literature.
- Author BiographyUrszula Sowina is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. This book is the result of her research in numerous Polish archives on the supply of water and its use in Polish towns.
- Author(s)Urszula Sowina
- PublisherPeter Lang AG
- Date of Publication16/12/2015
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitlePolish Studies - Transdisciplinary Perspectives
- Series Part/Volume Number17
- Place of PublicationBern
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- First Published2015
- ImprintPeter Lang AG
- Weight770 g
- Width148 mm
- Height210 mm
- Translated byJustyna Woldanska
- Edition StatementNew edition
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