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Building Jerusalem : the rise and fall of the Victorian city

Author: Tristram Hunt
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Co., [2006]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From Manchester's deadly cotton works to London's literary salons, an exploration of how the Victorians created the modern city. Since Dickens first described Coketown in Hard Times, the nineteenth-century city, born of the industrial revolution, has been a byword for deprivation, pollution, and criminality. Yet, as historian Hunt argues, the Coketowns of the 1800s were far more than a monstrous landscape of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tristram Hunt
ISBN: 080508259X 9780805082593
OCLC Number: 124076635
Notes: Originally published: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004.
Description: xiii, 576 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Tristram Hunt.

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From Manchester's deadly cotton works to London's literary salons, an exploration of how the Victorians created the modern city. Since Dickens first described Coketown in Hard Times, the nineteenth-century city, born of the industrial revolution, has been a byword for deprivation, pollution, and criminality. Yet, as historian Hunt argues, the Coketowns of the 1800s were far more than a monstrous landscape of factories and tenements. Hunt shows how the Victorians translated their energy and ambition into a grand vision of the utopian city on a hill. He surveys the great civic creations, from town halls to city squares, sidewalks, and even sewers, to reveal a story of middle-class power and prosperity and the liberating mission of city life. The Victorians worked to turn even the smokestacks of Manchester and Birmingham into sites of freedom and art. And they succeeded--until twentieth-century decline transformed wealthy metropolises into dangerous inner cities.--From publisher description.

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