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Towns, Plans and Society in Modern Britain

Towns, Plans and Society in Modern Britain


Part of New Studies in Economic and Social History

  • Date Published: August 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521576444

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  • In this concise survey, Helen Meller aims to explore the interaction of the social and physical environment of cities. All modern societies have experienced mass urbanisation, and have been subject to the economic, social and technological forces which have produced this urbanisation. Yet all towns and cities are not the same. The author points out that historical and cultural factors have played, and are still playing, an important part in shaping responses to these forces. This becomes even more clearly evident when the urban environment becomes subject to planning. Urban regeneration has facilitated not just an improvement in the physical environment of cities but in their economic and social fortunes as well. This study is an accessible analysis of the way in which social, cultural and physical factors have created the quality of life in British cities over the past two centuries.

    • Concise study of 'mass urbanisation', the interaction of the social and physical environment of cities, and urban regeneration
    • Clear chronological framework
    • Extensive, annotated bibliography to enable readers to explore the subject more fully
    • This work will benefit students in other social science disciplines, in addition to history departments, who have interests in cities but often lack historical understanding
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    'Clearly written and well organised, this short book provides a useful introduction to the subject for both students and teachers of urban, social and political history.' History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521576444
    • length: 152 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.19kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding cities: the impact of mass urbanisation
    3. Ideals and experiments in modern urban living, 1860–1914
    4. Town planning in a free society: the inter war period
    5. The golden age of planning: 'Building the better Britain', 1942–65
    6. Crisis of identity for cities and town planners, 1965–79
    7. Thatcherism and cities: the new context for planners
    8. Economic imperatives and urban regeneration: a new culture of cities?

  • Author

    Helen Meller, University of Nottingham

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