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Building Jerusalem By Tristram Hunt

Building Jerusalem
by Tristram Hunt

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Victorian cities, so long the object of derision as a byword for deprivation, are now celebrated as an urban ideal. They are widely heralded among modern planners and politicians for their active citizenship, local democracy, and civic spirit. This is a history of the ideas that shaped the power-houses of 19th-century Britain.
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Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City by Tristram Hunt

Victorian cities, so long the object of derision as a byword for deprivation, are now celebrated as an urban ideal. They are widely heralded among modern planners and politicians for their active citizenship, local democracy, and civic spirit. This is a history of the ideas that shaped not only London, but Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Sheffield and other power-houses of 19th-century Britain. It charts the controversies and visions that fostered Britain's greatest civic renaissance. Tristram Hunt explores the horrors of the Victorian city, as seen by Dickens, Engels and Carlyle; the influence of the medieval Gothic ideal of faith, community and order espoused by Pugin and Ruskin; the reaction led by Macaulay and Mill, who were repelled by the faux medievalism of the early Victorian years and who championed progress and industry; the pride in self-government, identified with the Saxons as opposed to the Normans; the identification with the city republics of the Italian renaissance - commerce, trade and patronage; the change from the civic to the municipal, and greater powers over health, education and housing, especially in Joe Chamberlain's Birmingham; and finally at the end of the century, the retreat from the urban to the rural ideal, led by William Morris and the garden-city movement of Ebenezer Howard.

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Building Jerusalem Reviews

" It is impossible to understand Britain today without knowing the part played in its history by the Victorian cities. BUILDING JERUSALEM is a key text which should be read by all politicians, in local and central government, and by anyone interested in the way we live now. It is deeply researched, but written in an highly accessible way, and the reader never loses sight of the vitally relevant and interesting story Tristram Hunt has to tell. It is history writing at its compulsive best" - AN Wilson 'his book [has a] prodigious range and passionate enthusiasm, and his skill is in showing how ideas...can take over minds, change landscapes and mould the future. It is a rich, nutritious read.' - John Carey SUNDAY TIMES (30.5.04) 'Hunt's convincing history is vividly narrated, all the more so as it features many contemporary voices, including generous quotation from contemporary literature, eye-witness accounts, reportage, diaries, tracts and polemics - the words of Engels, Southey, Carlyle, Ruskin, Macaulay, Cobden and their like...BUILDING JERUSALEM is an ambitoius work of rigorous scholarship...[and] one of the most appealing things about Hunt's style is that he makes complicated ideas accessible.' - Kate Colquhoun SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (6.6.04) '[Hunt] has an infectious enthusiasm which brings his subject to life, an eye for detail and biographical anecdote, and a racy, readable style. This is a valuable book on an important subject which has been neglected for too long.' - Jane Ridley LITERARY REVIEW (1.6.04) 'The argument of BUILDING JERUSALEM is a seductive one.' - Matthew Sweet INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY (13.6.04) '[BUILDING JERUSALEM] is a book as big and ambitious and convincing as its subject...Developing his thesis that the Victorian city inevitably led to the Victorian suburb, Hunt is excellent...BUILDING JERUSALEM is a marvellous book because it reminds us if these important ideas and helps us to appreciate the glorious Victorian inheritance.' - Stephen Bayley GUARDIAN (12.6.04) 'There is a great deal to admire about BUILDING JERUSALEM...the most inspiring chapters describe the great campaigns for social reform.' - Roy Hattersley OBSERVER (13.6.04) '[a] lively analysis of the Victorian city...[Hunt] brings alive his cast of Victorian city-builders, physical, political and intellectual. He describes what they were like as people, and how their thoughts were translated into steam-age brick, iron, terracotta, marble and glass...[a] lucid and questioning book.' - Jonathan Glancey NEW STATESMAN (21.6.04) 'Tristram Hunt's book uncovers the intellectual history behind the making of our great Victorian cities. He examines the political, cultural and religious debates and shows how certain fashions, such as medievalism, gripped the 19th century imagination. His critical re-evaluation of what the Victorian civic spirit achieved should be all politicians in local and central government...His wealth of knowledge is engaging, as is his style, and the drama of his subject.' - Frances Spalding INDEPENDENT (18.6.04) 'Hunt's grasp of architectural, intellectual and high cultural history is assured.' - David Kynaston FINANCIAL TIMES MAGAZINE (19.6.04) 'There are many useful facts in this book. It is a stimulating work.' - Simon Heffer SPECTATOR (19.6.04) 'an absorbing history...With hugely broad scope, this provides a fascinating insight into the continuing impact of this period on contemporary lives.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE (1.6.04) 'In vividly readable prose, Hunt evokes people and places, many of which he has visited, with a sharp eye for anecdotal detail...BUILDING JERUSALEM does...with great passion and style, break new ground.' - John Gardiner HISTORY TODAY (September 2004) 'this thought-provoking book, BUILDING JERUSALEM, is an important contribution to British social history.' - Richard Aldous IRISH TIMES (21.8.04) 'This is a book for anyone who loves cities; their chaotic enthusiasm and massive contradictions as well as their enduring ability to both create and solve the most complex of societies' problems.' - Nick Bibby SUNDAY HERALD (29.8.04) 'The historiographer is rich and complex, the sources voluminous. Hunt's is an interesting and readable book.' - Asa Briggs THE VICTORIAN (November 2004) 'Tristram Hunt is an elegant writer who has captured in this important and timely book the significance and importance of the great northern cities in the Victorian age...This is a book that should not only be read, but discussed by us as readers.' - Peter Fell THE READER

About Tristram Hunt

Tristram Hunt was born in 1974 and took a First in History at Cambridge in 1995. In 1996-7 he worked for Peter Mandelson on the Labour Party election campaign, and later became a political adviser to Lord Sainsbury and a consultant to Gould Greenberg Carville NOP strategy and polling company. In 2002 he made his first TV series about the English Civil War (for BBC),

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Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City by Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt
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