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Beyond the MetropolisThe changing image of urban Britain, 1780-1880$
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Katy Layton-Jones

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099694

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099694.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
Introduction
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Beyond the Metropolis
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Katy Layton-Jones

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099694.003.0001

The introduction provides a concise account of provincial urbanisation between 1780 and 1880 and outlines the weaknesses of received historical wisdom that relies on categorising eighteenth and nineteenth-century attitudes to this process as conforming to the extremes of ‘celebration’ or ‘despair’. While acknowledging a debt to recent work on images of London, it makes a clear and compelling argument for shifting our attention away from the capital city and towards the growing provincial centres. Finally, it argues convincingly for a wider and more interrogative use of visual material as a means for accessing contemporary impressions of towns and cities and for tracking the use and gradual departure from inherited pictorial traditions.

Keywords:   Dickensian, Engels, Town, City, Print, Landscape, Visual, Urban Renaissance

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