Housing in Urban Britain, 1780-1914

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The history of housing between 1780 and 1914 encapsulates many problems associated with the transition from a largely rural to an overwhelmingly urban nation. This study reviews the recent arguments and guides the student of social history to further reading.
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"...Rodger's study is an excellent introduction to the social, economic, and political issues related to urban housing. Students at the undergraduate and graduate level will benefit from reading this introduction and then using both the notes and the updated bibliographical essay for further study." Vladimir Steffel, Historian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521552677
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: New Studies in Economic and Social History Series, #8
  • Edition description: 1st Cambridge University Press ed
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on references
1 Introduction: an urban framework 1
2 Urban expansion and the pattern of demand 6
(i) Population, migration and the cities 6
(ii) Wages, employment and the structure of demand 9
3 Supply influences 13
(i) Landownership, estate development and housing 13
(ii) The building industry 16
(iii) The containing context: building regulations 26
4 House types: terraces and tenements 28
(i) Residential segregation and mobility 28
(ii) Evolution of the terraced house 29
(iii) The housing hierarchy 30
5 The suburbs: villas and values 38
6 The containment of 'the housing problem' 1850-1880 44
7 A late-Victorian and Edwardian housing crisis 52
(i) Market intervention 55
(ii) Property politics: tension and crisis 1880-1914 58
8 Comfort and housing amenity 63
9 Conclusion 66
Notes 68
Bibliography 70
Updated bibliographical note 84
Index 96
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