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Beyond the metropolis

The changing image of urban Britain, 1780-1880

By Katy Layton-Jones

Beyond the metropolis
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  • ISBN: 9780719099694
  • Publish Date: Feb 2016
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9969-4
    • Pages: 216
    • Price: £85.00
    • Published Date: February 2016

    Description

    Dark satanic mills, cobbled streets and cholera have become common shorthand for the nineteenth-century British town. Over the past century historical reality has merged seamlessly with mythology, literature and caricature to create a dramatic but utterly misleading representation of the urban past. Drawing on pictorial and ephemeral sources that shaped the popular image of British towns, Beyond the metropolis revises our understanding of urbanisation, its representation and interpretation throughout the long nineteenth century. In contrast to myriad publications that address London exclusively, this book examines images that reflect the growing political, social and cultural significance of British provincial towns in the wake of the Industrial Revolution. Covering locations from Bristol to Leeds, Glasgow to Birmingham and Manchester to Swansea, it employs hitherto unexplored visual and ephemeral sources to reveal a complex and compelling new narrative of British urbanisation.

    Reviews

    'Layton-Jones's Beyond the Metropolis currently holds a prominent position on my bookshelf for both teaching and research. It has already been ordered for students taking my nineteenth-century urban history module. There is perhaps no stronger praise of a book than this.'
    Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire & Cheshire

    Contents

    Introduction
    1. The urban prospect
    2. The town on show
    3. Improving the urban image
    4. Advertising the town
    5. Crucibles of liberty and ruin
    Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index

    Author

    Katy Layton-Jones is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester and an Associate Lecturer at the Open University

    Beyond the metropolis

    By Katy Layton-Jones

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