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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Argyll Publishing; first edition (30 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906134782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906134785
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 696,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Rodger is Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh. His books include 'Scottish Housing in the Twentieth Century' (1989), 'European Urban History' (1993) and 'Housing in Urban Britain 1780 1914' (1995).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nannyo on 10 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
My son had just bought a ground floor flat in "The Colonies" and it set us all wondering about the name and the origin of these properties situatated around Edinburgh when we saw this book advertised The book is very readable and very informative about the properties as well as other housing information about Edinburgh's housing.I would recommend it to anyone at all interested in the social history of Edinburgh.Since I gave my a son a copy for his Christmas.Then someone gave ME a copy for MY Christmas! Since then I have bought another copy for my cousin who lives in Edinburgh
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Dolan-betney on 23 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
I live in Edinburgh and adore our Colonies (enclaves of rows of delightful houses, in various parts of the city.) I found this book an absorbing read, about the history of this unique housing - originally created, with support from public figures, as decent, cheapish-to-buy housing for working people, in response to the appalling housing conditions in Edinburgh in the mid 1800's. I re-read the book several times, and looked at the excellent photos at least 50 times! The story dwindles, as the impetus for this unique building programme dwindled, but it's a great read, and includes lots of relevant facts (e.g. occupations of some owners, in some areas) without ever becoming tedious to me (a non-academic). It is a very special book.
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