8. ONLINE ZUG-Minisymposium, 27.6.2022

8. ONLINE ZUG-Minisymposium, 27.6.2022

Streams, Urban Landscapes, and Pollution in Pre-Modern Hungary

Dr. András Vadas
Assistant Professor
Eötvös Loránd University Budapest

Dr. Christoph Sonnlechner, MAS
MA 8 - Municipal and Provincial Archives of Vienna and
Centre for Environmental History

Time / Zeit: Monday, 27.06.2022, 18:15 - 19:15
Place / Ort: online - please zoom in https://bokuvienna.zoom.us/j/98792534843 (Meeting-ID: 987 9253 4843)


Before the birth of modern infrastructures, towns in Europe kept experiencing difficulties in providing fresh water and a healthy environment for their inhabitants. Freshwater played a key role in local economies, as apart from having been the source of drinking water, was the main channel of waste(water) disposal, source of energy for many industries as well as of food. The paper addresses the pressure the diverse utilization of freshwater put on streams by looking at some towns – Sopron, Zagreb, Miskolc, and Kőszeg – and their waterways in pre-modern Hungary (and Croatia). In doing so the focus will be on the topographic aspects, that is the spatial arrangement of the different industries and other utilizers. I will argue, that visualizing the spatial distribution of water users in towns, may shed light on legal arrangements for using water.

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