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City of refuge. Separatists and utopian town planning.

Author: Michael J Lewis
Publisher: Lawrenceville : Princeton University Press 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The vision of Utopia obsessed the nineteenth-century mind, shaping art, literature, and especially town planning. In City of Refuge, Michael Lewis takes readers across centuries and continents to show how Utopian town planning produced a distinctive type of settlement characterized by its square plan, collective ownership of properties, and communal dormitories. Some of these settlements were sanctuaries from  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Lewis
ISBN: 9780691171814 0691171815
OCLC Number: 951724646
Description: 256 pages
Contents: 1 The Idea of the City of Refuge 9 2 The Sacred Squareness of Cities 19 3 The Protestant Tempering of Utopia 33 4 Christianopolis 57 5 The Lord's Grove 95 6 Harmony 131 7 Economy 169 8 Conclusion 203 Notes 219 Selected Bibliography 239 Index 243 Illustration Credits 249 Acknowledgments 253
Responsibility: Michael J. Lewis.

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The vision of Utopia obsessed the nineteenth-century mind, shaping art, literature, and especially town planning. In City of Refuge, Michael Lewis takes readers across centuries and continents to show how Utopian town planning produced a distinctive type of settlement characterized by its square plan, collective ownership of properties, and communal dormitories. Some of these settlements were sanctuaries from religious persecution, like those of the German Rappites, French Huguenots, and American Shakers, while others were sanctuaries from the Industrial Revolution, like those imagined by Charles Fourier, Robert Owen, and other Utopian visionaries. Because of their differences in ideology and theology, these settlements have traditionally been viewed separately, but Lewis shows how they are part of a continuous intellectual tradition that stretches from the early Protestant Reformation into modern times. Through close readings of architectural plans and archival documents, many previously unpublished, he shows the network of connections between these seemingly disparate Utopian settlements--including even such well-known town plans as those of New Haven and Philadelphia.

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