Rich versus poor. Linking economic inequality to residential segregation in early modern cities. Including a case study of Nijmegen (1694)
The debate on patterns of residential segregation in pre-modern cities is undeniably related to the debate on the development of economic inequality, but they are barely discussed in relation to one another. This thesis aims to stimulate the interrelated study of economic inequality and residential segregation in the early modern period. It offers a methodical analysis of both strands of literature in order to illuminate the possibility to study them in relation to one another, and proposes solutions for methodological impediments perceived. Cities in the Low Countries, for which publications are available on both subjects, are taken as a test case. Quantitative data for pre-industrial Nijmegen is added to the test case. The case study of Nijmegen includes an extensive source criticism of an income tax called Familiegeld, a discussion of the Gini coefficient, and a visualization and analysis of the geographical distribution of economic inequality in 1694.
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