Cities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930 by Richard DennisCities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930 by Richard Dennis

Cities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930

byRichard Dennis

Paperback | April 28, 2008

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What made cities 'modern' in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? Cities in Modernity explores connections between culture, economy and built environment in cities of this period, drawing its evidence principally from London, New York and Toronto. The book discusses both the cultural experience of modernity and the material modernization of cities, placing special emphasis on their historical geographies, on the production, representation and use of urban space. The opening chapters present new ways of seeing cities in political and religious discourse, social survey, mapping, art and literature. The book then concentrates on new kinds of public and private spaces, such as apartment buildings, office blocks and department stores, and the networks of communication between them. An important theme throughout is the gendered experience of the new types of environment. The book will appeal to scholars and students of historical geography, urban history and cultural studies.
Richard Dennis is Reader in the Department of Geography, UCL. He is associate editor of the Journal of Urban History and the author of English Industrial Cities of the Nineteenth Century: A Social Geography (1984).
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Title:Cities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930Format:PaperbackDimensions:458 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 0.94 inPublished:April 28, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521468418

ISBN - 13:9780521468411

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Table of Contents

1. Building bridges; 2. The idea of progress; 3. Surveying the city; 4. Writing and picturing the city; 5. Improving streets; 6. Public spaces - practised places; 7. Building suburbia; 8. Consuming suburbia; 9. Mansion flats and model dwellings; 10. Geographies of downtown: office spaces; 11. Geographies of downtown: the place of shopping; 12. Networked cities.

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"With its subtle argumentation and rich use of sources, Cities in Modernity is sure to be of interest to students and specialists of urban history, geography, and culture, and will undoubtedly become an essential reference for those interested in the tensions and contradictions that make urban modernity so pervasive an object of inquiry. -Nicolas Kenny, H-Urban