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Hidden cities, urban space, geolocated apps and public history in early modern Europe, edited by Fabrizio Nevola, David Rosenthal, and Nicholas Terpstra

This groundbreaking collection explores the convergence of the spatial and digital turns through a suite of smartphone apps (Hidden Cities) that present research-led itineraries in early modern cities as public history. The Hidden Cities apps have expanded from an initial case example of Renaissance Florence to a further five historic European cities. This collection considers how the medium structures new methodologies for site-based historical research, while also providing a platform for public history experiences that go beyond typical heritage priorities. It also presents guidelines for user experience design that reconciles the interests of researchers and end users. A central section of the volume presents the underpinning original scholarship that shapes the locative app trails, illustrating how historical research can be translated into public-facing work. The final section examines how history, delivered in the format of geolocated apps, offers new opportunities for collaboration and innovation: from the creation of museums without walls, connecting objects in collections to their original settings, to informing decision-making in city tourism management. Hidden Cities is a valuable resource for upper-level undergraduates, postgraduates, and scholars across a variety of disciplines including urban history, public history, museum studies, art and architecture, and digital humanities. The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license
Table Of Contents
Part 1 0. Introduction 1. Revisioning the City: Public History and Locative Digital Media 2. Heritage, placemaking and user experience: An industry perspective Part 2 3. Reconstructing the early modern news world: urban space, political conflict, and local publishing in Hamburg 4. Making Disability Visible In Digital Humanities: Blind Street Singers In Early Modern Valencia 5. Navigating Places of Knowledge: The Modern Devotion and Religious Experience in Late Medieval Deventer 6. "Trento, the Last Chance for a Beer". Mobility, Material Culture and Urban Space in an Early Modern Transit City 7. ‘Stewarding Civic Spaces: Place and Social Mobility in Elizabethan Exeter’ 8. City of Women: Mapping Movement, Gender, and Enclosure in Renaissance Florence Part 3 9. The Hidden Cities apps: digital engagement through geolocating museum collections 10. Hidden in plain sight? UX apps and the sustainable management of urban tourism 11. 3D models and locative AR: Hidden Florence 3D and experiments in reconstruction
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non fiction
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1 online resource (258 pages)
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