The eighteenth century represents a critical period in the transition of the English urban history, as the town of the early modern era involved into that of the industrial revolution; and since Britain was the 'first industrial nation', this transformation is of more-than-national significance for all those interested in the histroy of towns. This book gathers together in one volume some of the most interesting and important articles that have appeared in research journals to provide a rich variety of perspectives on urban evelopment in the period.
Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction Peter Borsay. 2. Urban growth and agricultural change: England and the Continent in the early modern period E Anthony Wrigley. 3. Country, county and town; patterns of regional evolution in England Alan Everitt. 4. Urban improvement and the English economy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries E L Jones and M E Falkus. 5. The English urban renaissance: the development of provinical urban culture c.1680 - c.1760 Peter Borsay. 6. The London 'mob' in the early eighteenth-century Robert B Shoemaker. 7. Bath: ideology and utopia 1700 - 1760 R S Neale. 8. Science, provincial culture and public opinion in Enlightenment England R Porter. 9. Money, Land and lineage: the big bourgeoise of Hanoverian London Nicholas Rogers. 10. Birmingham and the West Midlands 1760 - 1793: politics and regional identity in the English provinces in the later eighteenth century J Money. 11. Social class and social geography: the middle classes in London at the end of the eighteenth century L D Schwarz. 12. Voluntary societies and British urban élites 1780 - 18.