1st Edition

Rural-Urban Relationships in the Nineteenth Century Uneasy neighbours?

Edited By Mary Hammond, Barry Sloan Copyright 2016
    228 Pages
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The essays in this collection seek to challenge accepted scholarship on the rural-urban divide. Using case studies from the UK, Europe and America, contributors examine complex rural-urban relationships of conflict and cooperation. The volume will be of interest to those researching society and politics, criminology, literature and demographics.

    Introduction Mary Hammond and Barry Sloan

    Sites of Rural-Urban Encounter

    1. Lincoln’s April Fair: Renegotiating Rural and Urban Relations in a small city, c. 1820-1910

    Andrew Walker

    2. Policing Brough Hill Fair, 1856-1910: Protecting Westmorland from Urban Criminals

    Guy Woolnough

    3. Urban Unitarians vs. Rural Trinitarians: Town Liberals in a Planter Culture

    John A. Macaulay

    The Changing World of Work

    4. Country Butchers and the City in the Exe Valley, 1840-1900

    Julia Neville

    5. Doncaster and its Environs: Town and Countryside – a Reciprocal Relationship?

    Sarah Holland

    6. ‘Following the Tools’: Migration Networks among the Stone Workers of Purbeck in the Nineteenth Century

    Andrew Hinde and Michael Edgar

    The Impact of Modernity on Rural Life

    7. ‘Life in our Villages is practically no Life at all’: Sketching the Rural-Urban Shift in Nineteenth-Century Depictions of Wales

    Michelle Deininger

    8. The Early Popular Press and its Common Readers in Fin-de-Siècle Prague

    Jakub Machek

    9. Reorienting the Piney Woods: Rural and Urban Change in South Mississippi, 1830-1910

    Reagan Grimsley

    Social Mobility and Anxiety

    10. The Urbanization of James Carter: Autobiography, Migration and the Rural-Urban Divide in Nineteenth-Century Britain

    Christopher Ferguson

    11. Pip at the Fingerpost: Nineteenth-Century Urban-Rural Relations and the Reception of Dickens’s Great Expectations, 1860-1885

    Mary Hammond

    12. Country Bumpkin or Backbone of the Nation?: the Urbanization of the Agricultural Labourer and the ‘Unmanning’ of the English in the later Nineteenth Century

    Barry Sloan


    Mary Hammond is Associate Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture at the University of Southampton, UK, and founding Director of the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research.

    Barry Sloan is Professor of English at the University of Southampton and a member of the Southampton Centre of Nineteenth-Century Research.