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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (27 Sept. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140135820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140135824
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The 19th century is the first age in human history in which it became normal for most citizens to live in cities. . . . Professor Briggs's book reminds us of our own failings, and this is among its great merits. Though he has selected only a few urban themes for full discussion, he incidentally illuminates many more."--E. J. Hobsbawm, "New Statesman

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Asa Briggs was born in 1921 at Keighley, Yorkshire, and from 1955 to 1961 he was Professor of Modern History at Leeds University, and in 1961 he was the first academic to be appointed to the then new University of Sussex. Six years later he was appointed Vice-Chancellor. From 1976 to 1991 he was Provost of Worcester College, Oxford. He was Chancellor of the Open University from 1978 to 1994. In 1976 he was made a life peer. He is married with four children.

His main field of historical research has been in nineteenth- and twentieth-century social and cultural history. He has also written A Social History of England, a revised edition of which appeared in 1994. He is currently President of the British Social History Society and of the Victorian Society.


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The book was an used copy but very pristine, without any marks or tears. It was delivered well before the promised deadline. It is a classic text of social/urban history. I am enjoying reading it. Very good value for money copy.
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I chose this rating because I had the honour of meeting Asa Briggs at OU. He is quite a character and is just a mine of information as is this book. Anyone studying the victorians must read this book.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Andrews on 13 July 2011
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Briggs has managed to make studies of Victorian cities less boring with this book. Make no mistake, endless figures of populations and numbers of back-to-backs are still INCREDIBLY boring but there is is some great stuff in here. It is a must buy for anybody hoping to understand the Victorian world and the Melborne stuff was just delighful
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