Group of History of Spanish and European Cities, and their projection to America (1250-1600)

Department of History and Anthropology of America, Historiographic Sciences and Techniques and Medieval History
Faculty of Geography and History

The research group includes a diversified and interdisciplinary team of researchers from twelve universities: Complutense, Castilla-La Mancha, Navarra, Aberta University of Lisbon, University of Paris IV. The research leader and most of the group members work in a MINECO research proyect (https://www.ucm.es/ciucasdin/proyecto-ciuscadin) and during the last five years, the presence in international conferences in Europe and United States has been continued as well as joint publications in book and international impact journal. The group is composed by Historians, Archeologist, Americanist and professors from Education Faculty. Several Ph. Dissertations are being prepared in the group according to International Projects. Finally, the group has incorporated different ties with companies to disseminate research advances. The group also includes specialist in didactic of History to improve transference of knowledge toward education systems.

The research group has the UCM infrastructure service: In addition to the provision of classrooms, seminars and appropriate spaces for the celebration of scientific and academic events (Hall of Degrees, Assembly Hall, Boardroom), the Faculty of Geography and History has 6 computer rooms, laboratories of Archeology and Physical Geography and a Museum of Anthropology of America.

This project attends to improve our Knowledge of cities in the past through historical analysis, with capacity for action, to understand urban dynamics, how those dynamics played out in different World Areas, and the role of agents in the process. This framework is based on our belief that urban behavior remains a matter of great interest, transcending the historical dimension until current societies. This interdisciplinary approach will advance our knowledge of urban dynamics, a complex subject that interested geographers, archaeologists and urbanistic architects, and this approach must be appropriate for analyzing the socioeconomic, political and cultural parameters that interest history. Therefore, we intend to develop new historical methods to the study urbanization, hierarchization and urban networks between 1300 and 1600 as well as the societies of that period, their priorities and their policies, which marked the rhythms of urban action. To tackle the subject matter, the project will start from regional frameworks of analysis. This will allow us to examine urban dynamics more broadly by including smaller villages and rural enclaves that made up a city’s hinterland. With this approach, it will be possible to assess the scope of urban potential and its dynamics of action. That is, no subject matter will be excluded from analysis. The regional approach will also allow us to assess how individual cities responded to different stimuli of change as well as the concurrence or collaborations between cities. Consequently, the project will use network analysis to examine adaptive and changing urban networks, according to themes and spatial amplitude.