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The English Urban Renaissance By Peter Borsay (Senior Lecturer in History, Senior Lecturer in History, St David's University College, Lampeter)

The English Urban Renaissance

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In the century after the Restoration of 1660, English provincial towns experienced a cultural renaissance. In this lively and perceptive history, Peter Borsay examines the most striking features of that revival, both architectural and social, and penetrates the new culture's elegant facade to explore its economic origins and the mixture of social forces that propelled it.

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The English Urban Renaissance: Culture and Society in the Provincial Town 1660-1770 by Peter Borsay (Senior Lecturer in History, Senior Lecturer in History, St David's University College, Lampeter)

In the century after the Restoration of 1660, English provincial towns experienced a cultural renaissance. This penetrating study examines the economic and social origins which stimulated the most striking features of that revival: the transformation of the urban landscape under the influence of classical architecture and the emergent forces of planning; and the remarkable expansion in the provision of public leisure. Concentrating on the interaction between urban culture and society as a whole, Peter Borsay draws on a wide range of disciplines, shedding new light not only on the development of the early modern town, but also on the relatively neglected period of English history between the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution. Reference material is included, in a detailed town-by-town appendix.

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excellent ... an exciting and imaginative book, which does a marvellous job of welding social and architectural history. * Times Higher Education Supplement *
a book which is both an education and a delight ... This is a deeply learned, splendidly argued, beautifully written and wonderfully stimulating volume. It is unquestionably one of the best urban studies we have had for many a long day. * Angus McInnes, University of Keele, History, No.245, Oct 1990 *

Table of Contents


List of tables; list of maps; list of plates; list of abbreviations; acknowledgements; preface; PART 1: Introduction; the urban scene; PART 2: Landscape: the house, street and square; prospects, planning, and public buildings; PART 3: Leisure: the arts; arenas of display; sport; PART 4: Society: the economic foundations; the pursuit of status; civility and sociability; cultural differentiation; PART 5: Conclusion: town and nation; Appendices

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The English Urban Renaissance: Culture and Society in the Provincial Town 1660-1770 by Peter Borsay (Senior Lecturer in History, Senior Lecturer in History, St David's University College, Lampeter)
Peter Borsay (Senior Lecturer in History, Senior Lecturer in History, St David's University College, Lampeter)
Oxford Studies in Social History
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
1991-04-25
438
0198202555
9780198202554
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