From Garden Cities to New Towns

Campaigning for Town and Country Planning 1899-1946

By Dennis Hardy

© 1991 – Routledge

352 pages

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Paperback: 9780415511735
pub: 2011-11-18
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Hardback: 9780419155706
pub: 1991-05-23
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About the Book

**Please note that the 2011 paperback is an exact reprint of the original hardback which was released in 1991**

This book offers a detailed record of one of the world's oldest environmental pressure groups. It raises questions about the capacity of pressure groups to influence policy; and finally it assesses the campaing as a major factor in the emergence of modern town and planning, and as a backdrop against which to examine current issues.

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Abbreviations. Introduction. A context of change. Organization of the book. The origins of a pressure group. Formation of the Garden City Association. The idea of the garden city. 'A peaceful path to real reform'. Choosing the ground, 1899-1914. Garden cities and town planning. Organizing for pressure. The long campaign, 1914-1939. Campaigning and the great war. A glimpse of utopia. Coming of age. Town and country. North and south. The campaign reviewed. Corridors of power, 1939-1946. Vision of Jerusalem. Propaganda and politics. Britain in 1945. Evaluation. Looking back. Making policy. Shaping planning history. Appendix: Main events from the formation of the Garden City Association to the New Town Act. Bibliography. Index.

About the Series

Planning, History and Environment Series

This series offers a unique window on the creation of the modern environment. Designed for an international readership, the emphasis is on:

  • urban and regional planning
  • recent as well as longer-term history
  • what the past can tell us about the present
  • local as well as global and comparative topics

Within this framework the books address three themes:

  • regional, continental and comparative studies
  • planning histories of key cities
  • changing planning ideologies and policies


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning