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  • 55 b/w illus. 32 maps 31 tables
  • Page extent: 1026 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.95 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 307.76/0941
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: HT133 .C25 2000
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Cities and towns--Great Britain--History
    • Electric Stimulation--adverse effects

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521417075 | ISBN-10: 0521417074)

The third volume in The Cambridge Urban History examines the process of urbanisation and suburbanisation in Britain from the early Victorian period to the twentieth century. Twenty-eight leading scholars provide a coherent, systematic, historical investigation of the rise of cities and towns in England, Scotland and Wales, examining not only the evolving networks and types of towns, but their economic, demographic, social, political, cultural and physical development. The contributors discuss pollution and disease, the resolution of social conflict, the relationships between towns and the surrounding countryside, new opportunities for leisure and consumption, the development of local civic institutions and identities, and the evolution of municipal and state responsibilities. This comprehensive volume gives unique insights into the development of the urban landscape. Its detailed overview and analyses of the problems and opportunities which arise shed historical light on many of the issues and challenges that we face today.

• The first comprehensive study of British cities and urban development in the modern period • Coverage of Scotland as well as England and Wales • Contributions by the leading scholars in the field, offering a new generation of work to the reader


General editor's preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; List of figures and illustrations; 1. Introduction Martin Daunton; Part I. Circulation: 2. Urban networks Lynn Hollen Lees; 3. Modern London Richard Dennis; 4. Ports Sarah Palmer; 5. The development of small towns in Britain Stephen Royle; 6. Migration David Feldman; 7. Pollution in the city Bill Luckin; 8. From Shillibeer to Buchanan: transport and the urban environment John Armstrong; Part II. Governance: 9. Central government and the towns John Davis; 10. The changing functions of urban government: councillors, officials and pressure groups Barry Doyle; 11. The political economy of urban utilities Bob Millward; 12. The provision of social services Marguerite Dupree; 13. Structure, culture and society in British towns R. J. Morris; Part III. Construction: 14. Patterns on the ground: urban form, residential structure and the social construction of space Colin Pooley; 15. Land, property and planning Jim Yelling; 16. The evolution of Britain's urban built environment Peter Scott; 17. The planners and the public Abigail Beach and Nick Tiratsoo; Part IV. Getting and Spending: 18. Industrialisation and the city economy Richard Rodger and David Reeder; 19. The urban labour market David Gilbert and Humphrey Southall; 20. Urban fertility and mortality patterns Simon Szreter and Anne Hardy; 21. The middle class Rick Trainor; 22. Towns and consumerism John Walton; 23. Playing and praying: leisure and religion in urban Britain Douglas Reid; Part V. Images: 24. The representation of the city in visual arts Caroline Arscott; 25. Epilogue Martin Daunton; Select bibliography; Index.


'Under the editorship of Martin Daunton, a formidable field of contributors has been assembled. Those contributors have produced a volume which covers virtually every conceivable aspect of British urban history from the mid-nineteenth century to the aftermath of the Second World War.' History

'This is a truly astonishing volume - it presents an absorbing array of urban history research that is high in quality and 'modern' in its combination of order and diversity. It is well written and up-to-date and its photographs and figures provide an evocative visual commentary. This is a major landmark in urban history - scholarly, stimulating and immensely enjoyable.' London Journal

'… the result is a large and extremely impressive work which will be of relevance to a great many modern historians, and which truly demonstrates the vitality of its field … Indeed this 900-page volume … seems destined to become a seminal work for a generation.' Welsh History Review

'This is a feast of a book …' Urban Studies


Martin Daunton, Lynn Hollen Lees, Richard Dennis, Sarah Palmer, Stephen Royle, David Feldman, Bill Luckin, John Armstrong, John Davis, Barry Doyle, Bob Millward, Marguerite Dupree, R. J. Morris, Colin Pooley, Jim Yelling, Peter Scott, Abigail Beach, Nick Tiratsoo, Richard Rodger, David Reeder, David Gilbert, Humphrey Southall, Simon Szreter, Anne Hardy, Rick Trainor, John Walton, Douglas Reid, Caroline Arscott

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