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Building Jerusalem

The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City

Tristram Hunt



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19 September 2019
This is a history of the ideas that shaped not only London, but Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Sheffield and other power-houses of 19th-century Britain. It charts the controversies and visions that fostered Britain's greatest civic renaissance.

Tristram Hunt explores the horrors of the Victorian city, as seen by Dickens, Engels and Carlyle; the influence of the medieval Gothic ideal of faith, community and order espoused by Pugin and Ruskin; the pride in self-government, identified with the Saxons as opposed to the Normans; the identification with the city republics of the Italian renaissance - commerce, trade and patronage; the change from the civic to the municipal, and greater powers over health, education and housing; and finally at the end of the century, the retreat from the urban to the rural ideal, led by William Morris and the garden-city movement of Ebenezer Howard.
By:   Tristram Hunt
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   441g
ISBN:   9780141990125
ISBN 10:   0141990120
Pages:   624
Publication Date:   19 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tristram Hunt is one of Britain's best-known historians. Since 2010 he has been MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, and in October 2013 was made Shadow Secretary of State for Education. He is a senior lecturer in British history at Queen Mary, University of London, and has written numerous series for radio and television. His previous books include Building Jerusalem and The Frock-Coated Communist- The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels, published in more than a dozen languages.

Reviews for Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City

The Victorian era was a period of extremes: great wealth and terrible poverty; a massive expansion of cities, generating many splendid buildings, along with hideous urban pollution and a typical life expectancy of under 20 years. With learning, energy, and sophistication, Tristram Hunt draws together a wonderful history of the buildings of that era. I strongly recommend this book. --Richard Rogers

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