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The module explores the structures of power and authority
that affected the changing production and use of private and public space
in British cities during the nineteenth century. A central aim of the
module is to understand the distinctive elements of urban life in Victorian
Britain, and to do so through contemporary accounts, images, and buildings.
'Reading the city', therefore, is not confined to secondary works and
students will be encouraged to use a variety of sources to understand
the social, economic, political and cultural forces that affected what
became the majority experience for Britain - an urban lifestyle.
The aims and objectives of the module are:
- To encourage students to make connections between different aspects
of social, economic, cultural and political history in the setting of
British cities c.1800- 1914.
- To use primary sources - texts, buildings, pictures, testimony, data
- to understand how the history of the period has been constructed.
- To understand the context of problems in our contemporary cities.
- To develop communication skills, both oral and written, and to enhance
- Links from the reading list:
External Web Sites
- Port Sunlight:
- Edinburgh's Colonies:
- Victorian Slums:
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- Urbanisation in Nineteenth Century
- Towns Data (Excel File)
- Parks and Built Environment
- Urban Administration and Government
- Victorian Women
- Occupations and Work
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