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Victorian Cities (Classics in Urban History) Paperback – 24 Mar 1993

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  • Paperback: 411 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (24 Mar. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520079221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520079229
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,199,014 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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The cities of this book are the cities of the railway and tramway age, of the age of steam and of gas, of a society sometimes restless, sometimes complacent, moving, often fumbling and faltering, towards greater democracy. The building of the cities was a characteristic Victorian Achievement, impressive in scale but limited in vision, creating new opportunities but also providing massive new problems.

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This is the 'classic' work on Victorian Cities. Never been bettered.
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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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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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