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Historical Urban Studies presents outstanding new research in urban history, and provides students with much-needed analytical frameworks from which to make comparative historical judgements. Titles in the series explore crime, housing conditions, property values, health, education, discrimination & deviance, as well as the formulation of social policies and urban solutions from across Europe. The series also provides a long historical perspective from which to understand shifts in town hierarchy, and changes in social processes.

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Body and City Histories of Urban Public Health

Body and City: Histories of Urban Public Health

1st Edition

Sally Sheard, Helen Power
May 16, 2017

A provocative survey of new research in the history of urban public health, Body and City links the approaches of demographic and medical history with the methodologies of urban history and historical geography. It challenges older methodologies, offering new insights into the significance of ...

City Status in the British Isles, 1830–2002

City Status in the British Isles, 1830–2002

1st Edition

John Beckett
May 16, 2017

Based on a wide variety of government and civic records, this book traces the evolution of the changing nature of city status, particularly through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Beginning with an explanation of how city status first became connected to cathedrals in the medieval period, ...

The Market and the City Square, Street and Architecture in Early Modern Europe

The Market and the City: Square, Street and Architecture in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

Donatella Calabi
September 02, 2016

The early modern period is often characterised as a time that witnessed the rise of a new and powerful merchant class across Europe. From Italy and Spain in the south, to the Low Countries and England in the north, men of business and trade came to play an increasingly pivotal role in the culture,...

Urban Governance Britain and Beyond Since 1750

Urban Governance: Britain and Beyond Since 1750

1st Edition

Robert J. Morris, Richard H. Trainor
June 29, 2017

This is a coherent and integrated set of essays around the theme of governance addressing a wide range of questions on the organisation and legitimation of authority. At the heart of the book is a set of topics which have long attracted the attention of urbanists and urban historians all over the ...

Corruption in Urban Politics and Society, Britain 1780–1950

Corruption in Urban Politics and Society, Britain 1780–1950

1st Edition

John Smith, James R Moore
March 06, 2017

Despite much recent interest in the area of urban governance, little work has been done on the changing ethical standards of urban leaderships, 'governing' institutions or the policing of public life. Yet the issue of ethical standards in public life has become a central concern in contemporary ...

Cities into Battlefields Metropolitan Scenarios, Experiences and Commemorations of Total War

Cities into Battlefields: Metropolitan Scenarios, Experiences and Commemorations of Total War

1st Edition

Stefan Goebel, Derek Keene
October 26, 2016

Cities have always had a key role in warfare, as strategic centres which periodically suffered the horrors of siege and sack. With industrialisation, however, they were drawn ever closer to the front line and to direct and continuous experience of fighting and destruction. 'Cities into Battlefields...

Culture and Class in English Public Museums, 1850-1914

Culture and Class in English Public Museums, 1850-1914

1st Edition

Kate Hill
November 11, 2016

The nineteenth century witnessed a flowering of museums in towns and cities across Britain. As well as providing a focus for collections of artifacts and a place of educational recreation, this work argues that municipal museums had a further, social role. In a situation of rapid urban growth, ...

Resources of the City Contributions to an Environmental History of Modern Europe

Resources of the City: Contributions to an Environmental History of Modern Europe

1st Edition

Bill Luckin, Dieter Schott
September 09, 2016

The field of urban environmental history is a relatively new one, yet it is rapidly moving to the forefront of scholarly research and is the focus of much interdisciplinary work. Given the environmental problems facing the modern world it is perhaps unsurprising that historians, geographers, ...

Urban Fortunes Property and Inheritance in the Town, 1700–1900

Urban Fortunes: Property and Inheritance in the Town, 1700–1900

1st Edition

Jon Stobart, Alastair Owens
October 26, 2016

Property is central to any historical analyses of production, reproduction and consumption. It lies at the heart of discussions of material culture, class relations and the household economy. Recent work has begun to look beyond the acquisition and possession of goods to examine what the disposal,...

Who Ran the Cities? City Elites and Urban Power Structures in Europe and North America, 1750–1940

Who Ran the Cities?: City Elites and Urban Power Structures in Europe and North America, 1750–1940

1st Edition

Ralf Roth, Robert Beachy
September 09, 2016

The question of who actually ran cities in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries has been increasingly debated in recent years. As well as trying to understand the distribution of political power and the rise of broad political participation, urban historians have questioned how and ...

Civil Society, Associations and Urban Places Class, Nation and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe

Civil Society, Associations and Urban Places: Class, Nation and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe

1st Edition

Boudien de Vries, Graeme Morton
November 30, 2016

In recent years the concept of 'civil society' has become central to the historian's understanding of class, cultural and political power in the nineteenth-century town and city. Increasingly clubs and voluntary societies have been regarded as an important step in the formation of formal political ...

European Cities, Youth and the Public Sphere in the Twentieth Century

European Cities, Youth and the Public Sphere in the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Detlef Siegfried, Axel Schildt
November 28, 2016

The late nineteenth century witnessed unprecedented levels of urban growth as migration swelled the population of European cities to new heights. The resulting problems of overcrowding and inadequate civic utilities prompted the governing elites to look for new planning solutions to address the ...

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