This text provides a reinterpretation of London during a period of dramatic change, and presents ways of understanding the coming modernity through the transformation of urban landscapes. The book starts an exploration of the major theoretical approaches to modernity. This is followed by studies of a number of sites within London that demonstrate the coming of modernity. The history and organization of Magdalen Hospital, the paving and lighting of Westminster, Vauxhall's pleasure gardens, and other are presented and given novel reinterpretation. This book should be of interest to those interested in the history of London or England, as well as those with an interest in cultural studies or 18th-century history.
Table of Contents
Spaces of Modernity. The Magdelen Hospital. The Street. The Pleasure Garden. Excise Geographies. The Universal Register Office. Maps of Modernity.
"In the process of mapping modernity, Miles Ogrorn revisions historical geography as a discipline, reworking traditions of spatial analysis, urban morphology and landscape iconography ... Spaces of Modernity sets out a geographical framework for analyzing large scale, multi-layered social developments." - Stephen Daniels, University of Nottingham, UK
"Miles Ogborn takes a penetrating and fascinating look at one of those 'markings' - the idea of modernity - and by so doing breathes new life into the discipline of historical geography." - Progress in Human Geography 23:4
"It is difficult to review a book as good as this, especially...when you really wish you had written it yourself. Spaces of Modernity is so impressive in fact that critical commentary will seem like carping, and praise both unnecessary and patronizing. Spaces of Modernity certainly doesn't need any puffing - it is a brilliant performance, a robust and persuasive fusion of theoretical sophistication and empirical research which will make a significant impact inside and outside the discipline without any help from reviewers like me." - Area
"By moving smoothly from philosophical understandings of modernity, the individual, and the public sphere to geographies, stories, incidents, and objects in which these ideas can be seen at play, Ogborn tells a complex and fascinating tale. Ogborn has a wide range of analytical methods at his disposal and wields them all well, employing paintings, prints, maps, newspaper accounts, plays and a wide variety of other texts to paint complex and lively vignettes of modernity in process." - Research and Philosophy Technology