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Housing in Urban Britain 1780–1914


Part of New Studies in Economic and Social History

  • Date Published: September 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521552677

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  • Why did slums and suburbs develop simultaneously? Did the capitalist system produce these, and were class antagonisms to blame? Why did the Victorians believe there was a housing problem, and who or what created it? What housing solutions were attempted, and how successfully? These are amongst the central questions addressed by social and urban historians in recent years, and their arguments and analyses are reviewed here. The history of housing between 1780 and 1914 encapsulates many problems associated with the transition from a largely rural to an overwhelmingly urban nation. The unprecedented pace of this transition imposed immense tensions within society, with implications for the urban environment and for local and national government. Housing is central to an understanding of the social, economic, political and cultural forces in nineteenth-century history; this book is an ideal introduction to the topic.

    • Relates architecture and the physical environment to political, economic and social issues
    • Full bibliography and references
    • Analyses how urban problems developed and what solutions were attempted then - with some lessons for urban problems now?
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1995
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521552677
    • length: 116 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 141 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.246kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: an urban framework
    2. Urban expansion and the pattern of demand
    3. Supply influences
    4. House types: terraces and tenements
    5. The suburbs: villas and values
    6. The containment of 'The Housing Problem' 1850–1880
    7. A late-Victorian and Edwardian housing crisis
    8. Comfort and housing amenity
    9. Conclusion
    Updated bibliographical note

  • Author

    Richard Rodger, University of Leicester

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