Jaargang 2015 nr. 2


Bjørn Gallée en Jaap Ligthart
Gelegenheid maakt de dief. De inzet van vermogenscriminaliteit als overlevingsstrategie in Rotterdam, 1812-1820

Wim Wambecq en Bruno De Meulder
Woonbossen in de Antwerpse agglomeratie. Een geschiedenis en retroactieve definitie van bosstedenbouw

Werk in uitvoering
Fien Danniau
UGentMemorie 1817-2017. Een jubileum als aanleiding voor een duurzaam geheugen van stad en universiteit

Greet De Block & Bruno Notteboom
Ingenieurs en planners. Confl ict en convergentie rond infrastructuur, ruimte en milieu in Nederland

Arjan Zuiderhoek
De antieke stad. Stad-plattelandsrelaties, stedelijke middengroepen en steden en staatsvorming in de Klassieke Oudheid: een overzicht

Jan Hein Furnée, Petra Brouwer, Greet De Block, Ben Eersels, Hilde Greefs, Manon van der Heijden, Toon Vrints
Stadsgeschiedenis in buitenlandse tijdschriften (2014)


Bjørn Gallée en Jaap Ligthart, Opportunity makes the thief. The use of crimes against property as a survival strategy in Rotterdam, 1812-1820

Current research into how criminal activity was used as an additional source of income mainly focuses on the early modern period. This research, focusing on early nineteenth century Rotterdam, shows that in this period, too, financial crime was used within an ‘economy of makeshifts’. Delinquents committed easily accessible offences, which often resulted in small amounts of loot. Such loot was neither suitable nor useable for the fulfilment of primary human necessities. However, via a network of receivers, it was converted into ready cash. Hence, it became an additional source of income for the vast majority of delinquents who also had legitimate jobs.

Wim Wambecq en Bruno De Meulder, The inhabited forests of Antwerp. A history and retroactive definition of forest urbanism

Forest, although repressed in the current urbanism regime, has played a crucial role in the structuring of urbanization in the north-east of the Antwerp agglomeration. The consistent coherence between and intertwinement of forestry and urbanism over several development phases in time seduce us to a retroactive definition of forest urbanism. Three aspects mark the bonds: the forest and urban structure reinvent one
another in dynamic cycles; the forest allows for a multiplicity of urban uses in an alternative, natural setting; and forests play a fundamental societal role, representing our most fundamental, natural existence on earth. In Schotenhof, the central case-study in this paper, these base characteristics shape over the course of time in an iteration a unique urbanization process.

Fien Danniau, UGentMemorie 1817-2017. A jubilee as an occasion for a lasting memory of city and university

On the eve of the bicentennial of Ghent University in 2017 the public history project UGentMemorie aims to contribute to a relevant, participative and future-oriented jubilee. Town and gown, campus and city proves to be a fruitful approach and is a central theme of the digital platform www.UGentMemorie.be and the future exhibition on UGent 1817-2017. What are the opportunities and pitfalls for the historians who engage themselves for jubilee history? How can the public history approach link city and university history and how does it take a stand on the slippery slopes of public relations and community building?


Greet De Block en Bruno Notteboom, Engineers and planners. Conflict and convergence regarding infrastructure, space and environment

In this article we discuss the recently published book Builders and planners. A history of land-use and infrastructure planning in the Netherlands, as a means to reflect on central themes in urban history: (1) technology, society and space; (2) city and countryside; and (3) environment and landscape. In doing so, the article shifts the perspective of urban history from a dominant focus on the city and urban planning to a prospect on larger territorial assemblages and tensions between the disciplines of planning and engineering. In a dialogue with two editors of the book, Hans Jeekel and Bert Toussaint, we explore a history crossing disciplinary boundaries as well as offer a muchneeded historical framework for recent developments integrating spatial planning and infrastructure engineering.