Cities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 28, 2008 - Architecture - 436 pages
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What made cities 'modern' in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? Cities in Modernity, first published in 2008, explores connections between culture, economy and built environment in cities of this period, drawing its evidence principally from London, New York and Toronto. The book discusses both the cultural experience of modernity and the material modernization of cities, placing special emphasis on their historical geographies, on the production, representation and use of urban space. The opening chapters present new ways of seeing cities in political and religious discourse, social survey, mapping, art and literature. The book then concentrates on new kinds of public and private spaces, such as apartment buildings, office blocks and department stores, and the networks of communication between them. An important theme throughout is the gendered experience of the new types of environment. The book will appeal to scholars and students of historical geography, urban history and cultural studies.
  

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Contents

1 Building bridges
1
2 The idea of progress
29
3 Surveying the city
52
4 Writing and picturing the city
80
5 Improving streets
113
6 Public spaces practised places
144
7 Building suburbia
179
8 Consuming suburbia
206
9 Mansion flats and model dwellings
224
office spaces
263
the place of shopping
296
12 Networked cities
322
Notes
351
Select bibliography
401
Index
425
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Richard Dennis is Reader in the Department of Geography, UCL. He is associate editor of the Journal of Urban History and the author of English Industrial Cities of the Nineteenth Century: A Social Geography (1984).

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