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The English Urban Renaissance By Peter Borsay

The English Urban Renaissance
by Peter Borsay

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After the Restoration of 1660, English provincial towns experienced a cultural renaissance. This book offers a guide to some of the striking features of that revival, concentrating on the interaction between urban culture and society and looking at its origins and the forces which stimulated it.
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The English Urban Renaissance: Culture and Society in the Provincial Town, 1660-1770 by Peter Borsay

In the century after the Restoration of 1660, English provincial towns experienced a cultural renaissance. This book offers a guide to some of the most striking features of that revival, including the transformation of the urban landscape under the influence of classical architecture, the emergent forces of planning and expansion in the provision of fashionable public leisure, embracing the performing and intellectual arts, arenas of display and sport. The author also penetrates behind the new culture's elegant facade to explore its economic origins and the contrasting forces which stimulated it: wealth, self-interest, idealism and snobbery. Drawing on the disciplines of architecture, music, historical geography, English literature and urban studies as well as history, this book concentrates on the interaction between urban culture and society as a whole. It not only examines the development of the early modern town, with detailed discussion in the text and reference material in a town-by-town appendix, but also the relatively neglected history of England between the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution.

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Table of Contents


The urban scene; landscape - the house, street and square, prospects, planning and public buildings; leisure - the arts, arenas of display, sport; society - the economic foundations, the pursuit of status, civility and sociability, cultural differentiation; town and nation. Appendices: provincial urban squares 1680-1770; provincial town halls and mayoral residences 1655-1770; provincial urban theatres 1700-1770; provincial urban music 1660-1770; provincial urban assemblies, assembly rooms and balls 1660-1770; provincial urban walks and gardens 1630-1770; horse-race meetings 1500-1770.

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The English Urban Renaissance: Culture and Society in the Provincial Town, 1660-1770 by Peter Borsay
Peter Borsay
Oxford Studies in Social History
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
1989-04-30
438
0198200021
9780198200024
N/A
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