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Why did slums and suburbs develop simultaneously? Were class antagonisms to blame? Why did the Victorians believe there was a housing problem? The history of housing between 1780 and 1914 encapsulates many problems associated with the transition from a largely rural to an overwhelmingly urban nation, whose unprecedented pace imposed immense tensions within society. This book reviews the recent arguments and guides the student of social history to further reading, making it an ideal introduction to a central issue in nineteenth-century history.
1. Introduction: an urban framework; 2. Urban expansion and the pattern of demand; 3. Supply influences; 4. House types: terraces and tenements; 5. The suburbs: villas and values; 6. The containment of 'The Housing Problem' 1850–1880; 7. A late-Victorian and Edwardian housing crisis; 8. Comfort and housing amenity; 9. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Updated bibliographical note; Index.