Victorian Cities

Victorian Cities

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A comparative study in urban history, Victorian Cities examines the 19th-century history of four developing cities in England in a period of rapid growth, with chapters on London and Melbourne and references to Los Angeles and Chicago as more

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  • Paperback | 411 pages
  • 149.9 x 228.6 x 33mm | 680.4g
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • 0520079221
  • 9780520079229
  • 1,667,062

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The cities of this book are the cities of the railway and tramway age, of the age of steam and of gas, of a society sometimes restless, sometimes complacent, moving, often fumbling and faltering, towards greater democracy. The building of the cities was a characteristic Victorian Achievement, impressive in scale but limited in vision, creating new opportunities but also providing massive new more

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"The 19th century is the first age in human history in which it became normal for most citizens to live in cities. . . . Professor Briggs's book reminds us of our own failings, and this is among its great merits. Though he has selected only a few urban themes for full discussion, he incidentally illuminates many more."--E. J. Hobsbawm, "New Statesmanshow more

About Asa Briggs

Asa Briggs, former provost of Worcester College, Oxford, is the author of many works on 19th-century British more

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