Historický ústav akademie věd České republiky, v. v. i.


”A Historical Town's Atlas of the Czech Republic“, a part of the European project of publishing historical atlases of towns with an expressive interdisciplinary character, is a valuable contribution to the comparative study of urban areas on the international scale. It allows comparisons of the developmental trends of urban settlements within Central and Western Europe. In addition, the ”Atlas“ is a remarkable publication achievement since a great number of old maps and plans that this volume contains had not been published before. From the very beginning ”A Historical Town's Atlas of the Czech Republic“ became an integral part of the international project of ”atlases of towns“ by its form, contents and concept supported by Commission internationale pour l'histoire des villes.

Each volume of the atlas contains a textual part, which summarizes the history of the town from the point of view of archeology, history, geography, politics, economy and culture. The second part is the cartographic part. Each volume contains a bibliography, a list of sources and graphic documentation.

The cartographic part includes reproductions of old maps and plans of the towns and their environs as well as thematic historical maps of the towns. All volumes contain reproductions of cartographic sources, representing the towns at a certain date by a uniform "cross-sectional" manner, permitting comparisons of the position of the towns and their nearby hinterland in a uniform scale and cartographic representation. Among these cartographic sources belong Müller's map of Bohemia from 1720 and Moravia from 1716, the first military maps from the times of the reign of Emperor Joseph II (the 1760's and 1780 s), the stable-cadastre from the 1820's to the 1840's, Kreibich's maps of the Czech regions from the 1820's and 1830's, Schenkl's maps of the Moravia regions from the middle of the 19th century and the air photographs of the towns with the situation in the 1930's and 1940 s. Maps and plans, which in the past were not parts of extensive cartographic works, document the individuality of each town.

”A Historical Town's Atlas of the Czech Republic“ fills up one of the ”blank spots“ in the Czech historiography and, at the same time, to contribute to respectable presentation of our urban communities.