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Creative Urban Milieus

Historical Perspectives on Culture, Economy, and the City

Fashion Week in Paris and London, the Venice Biennale, and the nineteenth-century Viennese scientific community  may seem wildly disparate, but each represent the cultural possibilities of an international metropolis. Creative Urban Milieus is an interdisciplinary examination of the historical relationship between culture and the economy in such cities as Berlin, New York, Helsinki, London, Venice, and many others. This groundbreaking work investigates the contributions of the creative class to the urban renaissance, contextualized by historical examples from the eighteenth century to the present day.
Skeptical of the current euphoria surrounding the commercialization of culture, a distinguished group of contributors apply a comparative and historical perspective to probe how creative works have affected the global economy.  Drawing on lessons from urban planning, art history, and cultural spectacles alike, Creative Urban Milieus will change the way we think about the symbiotic relationship between cities and innovation.

380 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/8 | © 2008

Economics and Business: Economics--History

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Creative Urban Milieus - Historical Perspectives on Culture, Economy, and the City
   Martina Heßler /Clemens Zimmermann
1. Cultural Economies in Early Modern Times
The Productivity of the City in the Early Modern Era: The Book and Art Trade in Venice and London
   Clemens Zimmermann

Invention, Innovation, and the ‘Creative Milieu’ in Urban Britain: The Long Eighteenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Cultural Economy
   Peter Borsay
2. The Nineteenth and Twentieth Century: The Question of Anticipation of Today’s Cultural Economics

’How Manchester is Amused’: The Cultural Economy of the Industrial City, 1860-1920
   Simon Gunn
Advertisers, Commercial Artists, and Photographers in Twentieth Century Hamburg
   Sandra Schürmann
Life on Stage: Grand Hotels as Urban Interzones around 1900
   Habbo Knoch
Anticipations of the New Urban Cultural Economy: Fashion and the Transformation of London’s West End, 1955-1975
   Christopher Breward / David Gilbert
Port Culture: Maritime Entertainment and Urban Revitalisation, 1950-2000
   Jörn Weinhold

3. The Role of Cultural Policy: City Images, Media, and the Cultural Economy in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century 
"Queen of the Arts" - Exhibitions, Festivals, and Tourism in Fascist Venice, 1922-1945
   Jan Andreas May
Economic Effects of Urban Cultural Policy in the Interwar Period in France and Germany
   Thomas Höpel
The Attractions of Place: The Making of Urban Tourism, 1860-1914
   Jill Steward
Urban Creativity and Popular Music in Europe since the 1970s: Representation, Materiality, and Branding
   Giacomo Bottà
4. Scientific Creative Milieus in the Twentieth Century 
Science Cities, Creativity, and Urban Economic Effects
   Martina Hessler
Helsinki - Examples of Urban Creativity and Innovativeness
   Marjatta Hietala
What is the City but the People? Creative Cities beyond the Hype
   Gert-Jan Hospers
5. Creative Milieus in the Late Twentieth and the Twentyfirst Century and the Question of Failure 
Creative Milieus: Concepts and Failures
   Birgit Metzger

Flourishing Cultural Production in Economic Wasteland: Three Ways of Making Sense of a Cultural Economy in Berlin at the Beginning of the Twenty-first Century 
   Alexa Färber 

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