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Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City [Paperback]

Tristram Hunt
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2 Jun 2005

This is a history of the ideas that shaped not only London, but Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Sheffield and other power-houses of 19th-century Britain. It charts the controversies and visions that fostered Britain¿s greatest civic renaissance.

Tristram Hunt explores the horrors of the Victorian city, as seen by Dickens, Engels and Carlyle; the influence of the medieval Gothic ideal of faith, community and order espoused by Pugin and Ruskin; the pride in self-government, identified with the Saxons as opposed to the Normans; the identification with the city republics of the Italian renaissance ¿ commerce, trade and patronage; the change from the civic to the municipal, and greater powers over health, education and housing; and finally at the end of the century, the retreat from the urban to the rural ideal, led by William Morris and the garden-city movement of Ebenezer Howard.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (2 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075381983X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753819838
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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this is an enthralling history of the urban world of the 1800s. (Sally Cousins SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (19.6.05))

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The ideas and people who inspired and shaped the great Victorian cities, with all their energy, achievements and pride

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book from a Nu-Labor toff. 9 Mar 2008
By Brim
This book is packed with stuff that informs and entertains. Hunt is a New Labour M.P. (which leeches through the text) and the young, aristocrat historian has produced a good account of the 19th century British city. I particularly like the stuff on the clash between the Goths and the Classicist architects and how it symbolised a deeper social malaise about industrialisation.

A good companion book to AN Wilson's 'The Victorians' and Jerry Whites 'London in the 19th Century'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good summary of the history of British cities 14 April 2011
By Jezza
Like the author, it's a bit New Labour, but he's knowledgeable and finds good examples and anecdotes to bring it to life. A nice corrective to be read alongside Lewis Mumford, who covers some of the same ground but comes to completely different conclusions. Mumford loves medieval cities and despises Victorian ones; and he likes Ebenezer Howard and the British New Towns of the post-war period. Hunt feels exactly the opposite.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Social History 16 Feb 2014
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An excellent social history, just as relevant today, on a par with The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, from a worthy author. A must read for social historians.
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Historians sometimes manage to give us a sense of "place" . Tristram Hunt does this magnificently with BUILDING JERUSALEM. In addition to providing carefully referenced hard facts he also writes about the more nebulous Saxon ethos of self government and the development of pride in one's own city (aided by rivalry to have the best architecture and a good cultural reputation) . Readers living in Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool or Glasgow will find it particularly enthralling. The book follows the improvement in living conditions from the time of squalor and typhus - Manchester features prominently in this as it did , of course, in Hunt's book about Friedrich Engels, THE FROCK-COATED COMMUNIST-to the age of town halls and art galleries with disturbing accounts of the ruthless measures employed to effect the changes.
A magnificent book, easy to read despite its length.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 11 Jun 2004
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This is a fascinating book. Scholarly, well-written and full of surprising and entertaining stories. Hunt evokes life in Britain's great Victorian cities better than anyone else I've read. I loved it!
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