Victorian Cities

Victorian Cities A comparative study in urban history Victorian Cities examines the th century history of four developing cities in England in a period of rapid growth with chapters on London and Melbourne and ref

  • Title: Victorian Cities
  • Author: Asa Briggs
  • ISBN: 9780520079229
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
  • A comparative study in urban history, Victorian Cities examines the 19th century history of four developing cities in England in a period of rapid growth, with chapters on London and Melbourne and references to Los Angeles and Chicago as well.

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    About "Asa Briggs"

    1. Asa Briggs

      Asa Briggs, Baron Briggs was a British historian, best known for his studies on the Victorian era In particular, his trilogy, Victorian People, Victorian Cities, and Victorian Things made a lasting mark on how historians view the nineteenth century He was made a life peer in 1976.


    1. This isn't, and doesn't aspire to be, a comprehensive history of Victorian Cities. It is a series of postcards of six individual cities sandwiched between wider ranging introductory chapters and an epilogue. The argument of the whole book is a display of Keatsian negative capability as Briggs advances the views that the cities presented can be both typical of general trends and are specifically individual and that no generalisation is possible. This may sound silly, but at the end of the book I [...]

    2. Many historical works these days are designed very much for the general reader with careful explanation of the key underlying history. This book is written for a rather well-read general reader, who has a very good knowledge of 19th century British history. For such a reader, or for an ignorant red are who is prepared to allow some of the allusions to ride, this is an interesting book. I found the chapters on middlesbrough and Leeds especially interesting. However, my lack of detailed knowledge [...]

    3. Classic text on the Victorian City. A breezy and entertaining read. There's no grand thesis but the chapter on the building of Leeds Town Hall is quite memorable and captures what one might call the "Mid-Victorian state of mind." Recommended.

    4. This proved invaluable to me in researching Middlesbrough in Victorian times. I had no idea until I read this that Middlesbrough was a dramatically growing city then and described by Gladstone as "an infant Hercules"

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