This book uses the genre of urban histories to examine aspects of culture, society, and politics in eighteenth-century towns in England. Sweet looks particularly at questions of civic pride and the creation of urban identity. Urban history and antiquarian scholarship were popular pursuits among polite society, and their study offers an unique insight into the cultural history of the period.
Table of Contents
|List of Abbreviations||ix|
|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)|
|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)|
|V. Unpublished Theses and Papers||347||(4)|
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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.