Streetlife: The Untold History of Europes Twentieth Century

Paperback | April 8, 2013

byLeif Jerram

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The twentieth century in Europe was an urban century: it was shaped by life in, and the view from, the street. Women were not liberated in legislatures, but liberated themselves in factories, homes, nightclubs, and shops. Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini made themselves powerful by making cities ungovernable with riots rampaging through streets, bars occupied one-by-one. New forms of privacy and isolation were not simply a by-product of prosperity, but because people planned new ways of living, new forms of housing insuburbs and estates across the continent. Our proudest cultural achievements lie not in our galleries or state theatres, but in our suburban TV sets, the dance halls, pop music played in garages, and hip hop sung on our estates. In Streetlife, Leif Jerram presents a totally new history of the twentieth century, with the city at its heart, showing how everything distinctive about the century, from revolution and dictatorship to sexual liberation, was fundamentally shaped by the great urban centres which defined it.

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The twentieth century in Europe was an urban century: it was shaped by life in, and the view from, the street. Women were not liberated in legislatures, but liberated themselves in factories, homes, nightclubs, and shops. Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini made themselves powerful by making cities ungovernable with riots rampaging through st...

Leif Jerram was born in Woolwich in south-east London in 1971, and lived there until he went to study history at university. After having lived in San Diego, Bremen, Munich and Paris, he settled in Manchester to do his PhD - the first industrial city. There he has remained, barring a brief stint as a fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.07 inPublished:April 8, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199671168

ISBN - 13:9780199671168

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Table of Contents

Introduction: How Cities Made Modern Europe1. Revolution in the Streets2. Streetwalkers3. The Cultured Metropolis4. Sex and the City5. Building Utopia: How Cities Shaped our Lives and our MindsEpilogue: The Way We Live Now?Further ReadingIndex

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"An enjoyably idiosyncratic and provocative journey" --Financial Times 07/05/2011