Richard Kagan – The Plaza and the Square: Perspectives on Cities in the Early Modern Atlantic World

Event date: 5 March 2013                       
Windsor Auditorium,
Royal Holloway, Egham,
Surrey TW20 0EX


Royal Holloway Department of History

Hayes Robinson Lecture

Professor Richard Kagan (John Hopkins University) – The Plaza and the Square: Perspectives on Cities in the Early Modern Atlantic World

Mexico City, New Haven, Savannah, Lima, Carlisle, PA – the distinguishing feature of these and other New World cites is their central plaza or square, and attendant grid. At a time when the politics of the square are hitting the headlines in different parts of the world, what explains the mystique of the plaza today and in centuries past? What was their history? What purposes did they serve? This richly illustrated lecture explores the various meanings attached to the plaza, the differing ways in which they were used, together with their representation in both literature and art in the early modern Atlantic World.

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