Geographies of England: The North-South Divide, Material and Imagined

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Alan R. H. Baker, Mark Billinge
Cambridge University Press, Jun 24, 2004 - Business & Economics - 216 pages
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To what extent has a North-South divide been a structural feature of England's geography during the last millennium and to what extent has it been especially associated with, and recognized during, particular periods in the past? These are the central questions addressed in this pioneering exploration of the history of a fundamentally geographical concept. Six essays treating different historical periods in time are integrated by their common concern with two geographical questions: first, to what extent is it possible for us to detect a material or tangible North-South divide in England in those periods in terms of regional differences in, for example, population, economy, society and culture; and, secondly, how important was the idea of such a divide to the geographical imaginations of contemporaries? A concluding essay by the editors reviews the social construction of England's geography and history and the significance of the North-South divide as a cultural metaphor.
 

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Contents

Material and imagined geographies of England
1
The contemporary debate over the NorthSouth divide images and realities of regional inequality in latetwentiethcentury Britain
15
Distressed times and areas poverty polarisation and politics in England 19181971
44
Industry and identity the NorthSouth divide and the geography of belonging 18301918
64
Divided by a common language North and South 17501830
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South North and nation regional differences and consciousness in an integrating realm 15501750
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NorthSouth dichotomies 10661550
145
Cultural constructions of Englands geography and history
175
References
184
Index
208
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