The Writing of Urban Histories in Eighteenth-Century England

The Writing of Urban Histories in Eighteenth-Century England

by Rosemary Sweet


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198206699
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/02/1997
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs Series
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 1630L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations ix
Introduction 1(35)
Chapter 1: Antiquarianism and Urban Histories
Chapter 2: The Chronicling Tradition and Urban Histories
Chapter 3: Tourism and Travel Literature
Chapter 4: The Historiographical Context
Chapter 5: The Political Dimension
Chapter 6: Urban Identity and Provinciality
Conclusion 276(19)
Appendix A: Maps Showing Distribution of Published Urban Histories in England before 1820 285(3)
Appendix B: Occupations of English Urban Historians up to 1825 288(5)
Appendix C: Subscription Lists and the Percentage of Local Subscribers 293(2)
Bibliography 295(56)
I. English Urban Histories Published up to 1820 295(15)
II. Printed Primary Material to XXX. 1820 310(14)
III. Printed Secondary Sources and Books of Reference Published after 1820 324(17)
IV. Manuscripts 341(6)
V. Unpublished Theses and Papers 347(4)
Index 351

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TheoClarke on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Professor Sweet explores the culture, society, and politics of eighteenth-century English towns through the lens of contemporary histories. Using her extensive knowledge of English antiquarians and exemplary research of her sources, Sweet examines civic pride and the creation of urban identity. She acknowledges that these sources were often written to serve a specific purpose beyond the academic; those very sensibilities and their diversity provide the basis for her exploration of the broader values of the authors and their social mileux. A particularly intriguing area of study is Sweet's analysis of the addresses of subscribers to urban histories; she finds that there was a very high variation in the levels of local interest in local publications. Essentially, this is a history of a niche in local history but the conclusions apply much more widely.