Exploring the Urban Past: Essays in Urban History by H. J. Dyos

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 2, 1982 - History - 258 pages
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During the 1960s and 1970s, the growth of interest in the urban past was one of the most prominent developments in historical studies in the United Kingdom. In large part, this was due to the work of the late H. J. Dyos, Professor of Urban History at the University of Leicester, as teacher, writer and propagandist. This book brings together some of Dyos's most important and influential essays, written over nearly thirty years. At one level, this book may be read as a fitting memorial to the work, influence and writings of a first-rate historian; at another, it furnishes an indispensable guide to the study of urban development and the nineteenth-century city and to the perspective which that study affords on the urban present.
  

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Contents

The Victorian city in historical perspective
3
Urbanity and suburbanity
19
Greater and greater London metropolis and provinces in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
37
Some historical reflections on the quality of urban life
56
Transport and Urban Transformation
79
The objects of street improvement in Regency and early Victorian London
81
Workmens fares in south London 18601914
87
Railways and housing in Victorian London
101
The Urban Fabric
127
The slums of Victorian London
129
The speculative builders and developers of Victorian London
154
A Victorian speculative builder Edward Yates
179
A guide to the streets of Victorian London
190
Urban history in the United Kingdom the Dyos phenomenon and after
203
A bibliography of the published writings of H J Dyos
223
Notes
227

Some social costs of railwaybuilding in London
119

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