Town, City, and Nation: England, 1850-1914

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Oxford University Press, 1983 - History - 339 pages
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By the outbreak of the First World War England had become the world's first mass urban society. In just over sixty years the proportion of town-dwellers had risen from 50 to 80 per cent, and during this period many of the most crucial developments in English urban society had taken place. This book provides a uniquely comprehensive analysis of those developments - conurbations, suburbs, satellite towns, garden cities, and seaside resorts. The author assesses the importance of London, the provincial cities, and manufacturing centres; he also examines the continuing influence of thesmall country town and `rural' England on political, economic, and cultural growth. In many respects, P. J. Waller's book is a general social history of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century England, seen from an urban perspective. It is both scholarly and immensely readable.
 

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Contents

Outline of the urban mass
1
Tables
3
London
24
Population in London 18611921
25
Great cities and manufacturing towns of the conurbations
68
New growths
127
Counsry and town and counsry towns
185
Central and local governmens
240
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P. J. Waller is at Merton College, Oxford.

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