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Hovels to High Rise
State Housing in Europe Since 1850

ISBN 9780367684983
Published December 20, 2022 by Routledge
460 Pages

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Originally published in 1993, this book traces how governments in France, Germany, Britain, Denmark and Ireland became involved in replacing industrial revolution urban slums with mass high-rise, high-density concrete estates. As the book considers each country’s housing history and traditions, and analyses the contrasting structures and systems, it finds convergence of problems in the growing tensions of their most disadvantaged communities. The book underlines the continuing drift towards deeper polarization, an issue which has become ever more important in the multi-lingual, ethnically diverse urban societies of the 21st Century. The book’s detailed coverage of the historical, political and social changes relating to housing within the various countries make it an important text for students and practitioners concerned with housing, urban affairs, social policy and administration.

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Anne Power is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics.


‘Her book is a tour de force. It will be read for many years to come…’ David Donnison, Professor Emeritus Centre for Housing Research, University of Glasgow