Individual Settlements Are Members of Larger Settlement Systems
Individual settlements are not always randomly arrayed across physical space but instead are often arranged in identifiable networks that have central places and satellites around them. This chapter introduces the general concept of “networks” in which thousands of individual settlements and their residents are interconnected with one another, an ordering system that is revisited in later chapters. Attention is also given to the forces that rearrange networks. Jews were major networkers that helped link communities and markets together in the larger economy.