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The Writing of Urban Histories in Eighteenth-Century England

Rosemary Sweet


This book examines a hitherto neglected genre of literature, and provides an analysis of both eighteenth-century urban culture and local historical scholarship. It challenges the conventional view that by the eighteenth century antiquarian studies had stagnated and lost their vigour. On the contrary, positive advances were made in the field of local history and medieval scholarship. This book shows how a sense of the past was crucial not only in instilling civic pride and shaping a sense of community, but also in informing contests for power and influence in the local community. Urban historie ... More

Keywords: urban culture, antiquarian studies, local history, medieval scholarship, civic pride, community, contests, power, influence, urban histories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206699
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206699.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosemary Sweet, author
St John's College, Oxford