The English Urban Landscape by Philip WallerThe English Urban Landscape by Philip Waller

The English Urban Landscape

EditorPhilip Waller

Hardcover | March 1, 2000

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A volume on the history of the English urban environment that will appeal to both general readers and academic specialists. The emphasis throughout is emphatically that of the historian, rather than the physical geographer: that is, a primary focus on the people who make the landscapes, thechanging social structure of the communities, and the different economies which sustained them. The text is enhanced by 130 integrated illustrations, including half-tones and diagrams. The thirteen chapters combine chronological and thematic surveys. After a general introduction by Dr Waller,chapters 2-5 provide overviews of how the urban landscape in England developed during the Roman period, the Early Medieval period, the Medieval period, and the Early Modern Period. The second, larger part of the text offers a variety of thematic approaches to the history of the built environment,with a focus on the last two centuries: metropolitanism, the commercial city, the industrial city, transport, slums and suburbs, recreation, civil and ecclesiastical, and artistic and literary. In addition there are a number of cameo features throughout the text, eg on a small market town, a gardencity, a council estate, the Potteries. There is a list of further reading on each chapter.
Dr Philip Waller is Senior Tutor at Merton College, Oxford. He is widely respected in the field of urban history.
Title:The English Urban LandscapeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.69 × 0.91 inPublished:March 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198601174

ISBN - 13:9780198601173

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Roman Contribution2. Decay and Revival: Early Medieval Landscapes3. The Medieval Urban Landscape, AD 900-15404. Early Modern Urban Landscapes, 1540-18005. Modern London6. Temples of Commerce: Revolutions in Shopping and Banking7. The Industrial Town8. Transport9. Slum and Suburbs: The Persistence of Residential Apartheid10. The Pleasures of Urbanity11. The Public Face12. English Towns in the Creative ImaginationCameo features: York; Eighteenth-Century London; Fire and the Early Modern Townscape; Aracadian Retreats; The Potteries; A Railway Town - Swindon; The Garden City; The Council Estate Community; Scarborough; The Civic Buildings of Birmingham; The Fictional Detective as Modern Urban Herobibliography

From Our Editors

This landmark study, edited by Philip Waller, features 15 contributors many who actually reside in the urban landscape they so vividly describe in this celebratory compendium. Each chapter in The English Urban Landscape invites you to explore the social structure and economies of a different city in England. The musings, tributes and commentaries in this book are accompanied by 130 black and white illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

`Few books covering historical events in England have been written with such authority, and yet manage to remain so accessible to the uncommitted reader ... mini masterpiece'Somerset Magazine, June 2000