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The Experience of Suburban Modernity : How Private Transport Changed Interwar London.

Author: Michael John Law
Publisher: Cary : Manchester University Press, 2014. ©2014.
Series: Studies in Popular Culture MUP.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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The experience of suburban modernity looks at the history of the London suburbs in the interwar years. It shows that, contrary to those accounts that portray suburbia as static and boring, these suburbs were in fact at the heart of the adoption of private transport and new mobilities. Wealthier middle-class suburbanites enjoyed driving at speed on new arterial roads, visiting roadhouses for a transgressive night  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Law, Michael John
The Experience of Suburban Modernity : How Private Transport Changed Interwar London
Cary : Manchester University Press,c2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael John Law
ISBN: 9781847799432 1847799434
OCLC Number: 1044715258
Description: 1 online resource (253 pages).
Contents: Cover --
The experience of suburban modernity --
Contents --
List of tables --
List of figures --
General editor's introduction --
Acknowledgements --
List of abbreviations --
Part I Introduction --
1 Driving on the Kingston Bypass --
Part II Technologies --
2 The car indispensable --
3 'In the joyous rush'- Bicycles and motorcycles --
4 Suburban air℗Ưmindedness --
Part III Roads --
5 New mobilities in construction --
6 Negotiating modernity --
Beautification and contestation --
Part IV Journeys --
7 Pleasure and peril at the suburban roadhouse --
8 Modern motoring and the enclosed body --
9 Accidents and suburban modernity --
10 Everyday driving --
Mobile consumerism and commuting --
Part V Conclusion --
11 Modern marvels --
Appendix: Car adoption rate and number of cars in Greater London for 1938 --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Studies in Popular Culture MUP.

Abstract:

The experience of suburban modernity looks at the history of the London suburbs in the interwar years. It shows that, contrary to those accounts that portray suburbia as static and boring, these suburbs were in fact at the heart of the adoption of private transport and new mobilities. Wealthier middle-class suburbanites enjoyed driving at speed on new arterial roads, visiting roadhouses for a transgressive night out, taking five-shilling flights from the local airport, and joining cycling and motorcycle clubs. All this fun came at a price for some in the form of thousands of deaths in road accidents, plane crashes on suburban housing and in the despoiling of the countryside through road development. This book will be welcomed by academics and students working in suburban studies, historical geography and interwar British history and can also be enjoyed by anyone interested in the history of London.

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