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  1. Week 1: What is Urban History? 2 items
    What does doing urban history involve? In what ways do you think that writing pre-1800 urban history might be different to researching cities in more modern eras? What issues discussed by Ewen in his short book might seem to be irrelevant or unsuitable for early modern cities?
    1. What is urban history? - Shane Ewen 2015

      Book 

  2. Week 2: Seventeenth Century Towns 7 items
    Did towns undergo any great processes of change in the seventeenth century? Was it a century of crisis for the English-speaking town?
    1. Required Reading 4 items
      1. Global crisis: war, climate change and catastrophe in the seventeenth century - Geoffrey Parker 2013

        Book  Read: pages 1 -77. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. The Economic and Social Context - J.A. Sharpe

        Chapter  In: Jenny Wormald, The Seventeenth Century 1603-1688

      3. American colonies - Alan Taylor 2002

        Book  Part 2: Colonies

    2. The Travel Journal of Celia Fiennes 2 items
    3. Primary Sources: 1 item
      1. Available on Moodle.

        The Henry Hartwell document on lack of towns

        Celia Fiennes Extracts

  3. Week 3: The Eighteenth Century 6 items
    What continuities were there between towns in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries? Why did towns expand so much in the eighteenth century?
    1. Required Reading 4 items
      1. American colonies - Alan Taylor 2002

        Book 

    2. Daniel Defoe, A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain 2 items
  4. Week 4: Urban Society I: Class & Race 5 items
    What kind of opportunities did cities present to those who lived in them in this era? What relationship did the wealth and race of inhabitants bear to the urban landscape? Were their poor areas and ghettoes?
    1. Required Readings 4 items
      1. The middling sort of people: culture, society, and politics in England, 1550-1800 - Jonathan Barry, C. W. Brooks 1994

        Book  Chapter 1 and either 2 or 7

      2. The urban crucible: the northern seaports and the origins of the American Revolution - Gary B. Nash 1986

        Book  Early chapters. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    2. Primary Sources 1 item
      Divide up these two sources between you - one pair should take charge of one source and the other the second. Together, come up with two or three things you think you can find out about how urban people were organized according to wealth and/or race.
      1. Available on Moodle:

        The Philadelphia Tax list of 1756

        The Charleston Census of 1790

  5. Week 5: Urban Society II: Gender 6 items
    Why did so many single and widowed women favour urban life? - In what ways did changing urban landscape influence codes of male behaviour?
    1. Required Reading 5 items
      1. Not all wives: women of colonial Philadelphia - Karin A. Wulf 2000

        Book  Introduction and Chapter 3

      2. The ties that buy: women and commerce in revolutionary America - Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor 2009

        Book  Chapter 3. Available in the Library and as an e-book

    2. Primary Sources 1 item
      1. Available to read on Moodle.

        The Diary of Hannah Callender Sansom

  6. Week 6: Independent Learning Week. 1 item
    1. No readings.

  7. Week 7: Urban Society III: Poverty, Crime and Social Order 5 items
    What instruments did wealthy and powerful citizens use to keep the “criminal element” in order? What characterized their attitudes towards the poor? - Are you surprised by what constituted a crime in the eighteenth century? - What prompted urbanites to commit crime?
    1. Required Readings 4 items
      1. Robert Love's warnings: searching for strangers in colonial Boston - Cornelia Hughes Dayton, Sharon V. Salinger 2014 (electronic book)

        Book  Chaps 1,6,8 (they are short)

      2. London lives: poverty, crime and the making of a modern city, 1690-1800 - Tim Hitchcock, Robert Brink Shoemaker 2014

        Book  Chapter 4 and 5

      3. The London hanged: crime and civil society in the eighteenth century - Peter Linebaugh 1993

        Book  (one section of your choice)

    2. Primary Sources 1 item
      1. Available on Moodle:

         Old Bailey Online

         William Hogarth, Gin Street/Beer Lane, Industry & Idleness

         

  8. Week 8: Townscapes I: Planning and Visualizing the City 6 items
    What new sorts of plans for towns and cities were being drawn up in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries? - Why were these plans thought to be useful and necessary? - To what extent were planners able to execute their plans?
    1. Required Readings 5 items
      1. The birth of modern London: the development and design of the city, 1660-1720 - Elizabeth McKellar 1999

        Book  Part II "The Design of the City"

      2. The urban idea in colonial America - Sylvia Doughty Fries 1977

        Book 

      3. The small house in eighteenth-century London: a social and architectural history - Peter Guillery 2004

        Book  "'Despicable cottages': improvement and artisan eclipse."

    2. Primary Source Exercise 1 item
      1. Details on Moodle

  9. Week 9: Townscapes II: At the City's Edge 6 items
    Suburbs, City, and Countryside -- What did suburbs look like in the eighteenth century? - What was the relationships between towns and the countryside for Britain’s aristocracy? - What did countrydwellers think about towns?
    1. Required Reading 4 items
      1. The town house in Georgian London - Rachel Stewart 2009

        Book  Chapters 1,2,3

    2. Primary Sources 1 item
      1. William Hogarth, Marriage a la Mode and The Harlot's Progress -

        Tobias Smollett, Humphrey Clinker (first letter Vol II, Matthew Bramble to Dr Lewis "Your fable of the monkey and the pig....") -

        Rev Charles Woodmason, South Carolina Backcountry on the Eve of the American Revolution

    3. Ordnance Survey Drawings 1780-1840 1 item
      1. See Moodle.

  10. Week 10: Culture I: English Urban Renaissance 4 items
    What were the chief “improvements” that towndwellers made to their towns? Who were the leading promoters of improvement? - Why do you think they made these improvements?
    1. Required Reading 3 items
    2. Primary Sources 1 item
      1. Daniel Defoe, A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Britain

        Celia Fiennes, Journies

         

        Details on Moodle.

  11. Week 11: Culture II, American Urban (Re)naissance 6 items
    - How successful were Americans at making their towns “genteel and polite”? - Were their motivations for these improvements the same as their British cousins?
    1. Required Reading 4 items
      1. The refinement of America: persons, houses, cities - Richard L. Bushman 1992

        Book  p100-206

      2. Building Charleston: town and society in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world - Emma Hart 2010

        Book  Chapters 5 and 6. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    2. Documents: 2 items
      1. Life and times of Alexander Hamilton, The Honorable Tuesday Club and Itinerarium.

  12. Week 12: Culture III, Empire and Exoticism (end of Semester 1) 7 items
    What impact did England/Britain’s growing empire have on urban life? - How was empire represented in the townscape? How accurate were these representations? -
    1. Required Reading 5 items
      1. Sugar and spice: grocers and groceries in provincial England, 1650-1830 - Jon Stobart 2013 (electronic book)

        Book  Chapter 7 "Exotic, Empire, or Everyday?"

      2. When London was capital of America - Julie Flavell 2011

        Book  Chapters 1 and 2

    2. Documents: 2 items
      1. Virginia Tobacco Wrappers

        More detail on Moodle.

  13. Semester 2 49 items
    1. 1. Culture IV: London and the Provinces 6 items
      - What was the cultural relationship between Britain’s provincial towns and its capital? - Do you think this relationship was particular to the eighteenth century?
      1. Documents:

        Wedgwood letters

        Tobias Smollett, Humphry Clinker

    2. 2. Culture V: The New and the Old 7 items
      - What continuities can you identify in eighteenth century urban culture? - Has the idea of an English Urban Renaissance led historians to over-emphasize the novelties of town life in this period?
      1. The writing of urban histories in eighteenth-century England - Rosemary Sweet 1997

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Documents:

      3. Daniel Defoe, A Tour Through the Whole Island

    3. 3. Economy I: Market Spaces 5 items
      - What were the main features of the urban shopping experience in the eighteenth century? - Why were towns so important to this experience?
      1. Documents:

        Wedgwood letters on shops, warehouses, and advertising

        American shop trade cards

    4. 4. Economy II: The Industrial City 6 items
      - What effect did early industrialization have on the townscape? - Why did some towns thrive as the economy industrialized while others struggled?
      1. Documents:

        To be confirmed

    5. 5. Economy II: Port Cities and International Trade 5 items
      - In what ways was the imperial economy important to urban growth in Britain’s Atlantic world? - What effect did imperial connections have on the character of the urban economy?
      1. Hugh Hall's Scheme - Mark Valeri

        Chapter 

      2. Documents: Voyages, Slave Trade Database and UCL database.

    6. 6. Politics 1: Governing the City 6 items
      - How were English-speaking cities governed in the eighteenth century? - What challenges did a growing city present to those ruling elites who wished to govern and control cities?
      1. Documents;

        William Hogarth, The Idle/Industrious Apprentice

    7. 7. Politics II: Urban Government, National Government 6 items
      - What characterized the relationship between national politics and urban politics in the eighteenth century? Did it bear any resemblance to contemporary relationships? - Who constituted the “political nation” in the eighteenth century town?
      1. Politics and society in Great Yarmouth, 1660-1722 - Perry Gauci 1996

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Documents:

        Improvement Acts

        Autobiography of Francis Place

    8. 8. Poltiics III: Cities in Imperial Crisis 6 items
      - How did the American conflict manifest itself in urban politics? - Why did so many urban Britons support the principles and goals of the American Revolutionaries?
      1. William Beckford: first prime minister of the London empire - Perry Gauci 2013 (electronic book)

        Book  Chapters 3, 4 and 5.

      2. Document:

        To be confirmed

    9. Week 9 1 item
      1. Student Presentations

    10. Weeks 10 and 11 1 item
      1. Class Trips

  14. Bibliography 142 items
    1. Britain 94 items
      1. The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd: forgery and betrayal in eighteenth-century London - Donna T. Andrew, Randall McGowen 2001

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Walking the streets of eighteenth-century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716) - Clare Brant, Susan E. Whyman 2007

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      3. London: a social and cultural history, 1550-1750 - R. O. Bucholz, Joseph P. Ward 2012

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      4. English counties and public building, 1650-1830 - Christopher William Chalklin 1998

        Book 

      5. The Cambridge urban history of Britain: Vol. 2: 1540-1840 - Peter Clark 2000

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      6. Two capitals: London and Dublin, 1500-1840 - Peter Clark, Raymond Gillespie 2001

        Book 

      7. Exploring the urban past: essays in urban history - H. J. Dyos 1982

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      8. Politics and society in Great Yarmouth, 1660-1722 - Perry Gauci 1996

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      9. Social change in the Age of Enlightenment: Edinburgh, 1660-1760 - R. A. Houston 1994

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      10. The middling sort: commerce, gender, and the family in England, 1680-1780 - Margaret R. Hunt 1996

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      11. Georgian London - John Newenham Summerson 1978

        Book 

    2. America 48 items
      1. The urban idea in colonial America - Sylvia Doughty Fries 1977

        Book 

      2. The ties that buy: women and commerce in revolutionary America - Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor 2009

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book

      3. The Making of urban America - Raymond A. Mohl 1988

        Book 

      4. City of women: sex and class in New York, 1789-1860 - Christine Stansell 1987

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

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