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on 19 May 2017
This is a really interesting book and it highlights the past financial strength of the north and the prosperity that was derived
from it. It highlights the great architectural legacy that has been left in places such as Liverpool (more Georgian buildings
than any other city)and Port Sunlight , Manchester and it's town hall and mills that are now the trendy northern quarter in
Ancoats, Bradford with areas such as Little Germany. By 1851, more people were living in towns than rural areas and at
the start of 20th Century the north generated a similar level of wealth as London. However, this century has seen a steady decline
in manufacturing and move to service industries leaving London as the major wealth generator in this country.
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on 10 February 2014
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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on 29 July 2016
Excellent service useful book
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on 16 February 2014
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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on 7 September 2014
A great history tracking the development of many of Britain's great Victorian cities.
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on 5 March 2016
Excellent reference book, without being over the top.
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on 31 July 2014
An excellent book,easy to follow,absorbing,and historically a must.
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on 28 February 2016
Really great!
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on 3 August 2015
It is a fascinating subject brought to life but it does get repetitive and has tendency to focus on facts rather analysis across the period.
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on 14 April 2011
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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