This book explores the rise and fall of a distinctive "high" culture in the industrial cities of Birmingham, Leeds, and Manchester from the mid-19th century to the 1880s. Urban bourgeois culture has been little-explored; this book is a significant contribution both to the study of middle-class cultural forms and to an understanding of the relationship between culture and power. He ranges widely across forms of cultural production and social practice, including architecture, urban design, dress and etiquette, social clubs, music, and civic parades and ceremonies.
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Simon Gunn is Principal Lecturer in History in the School of Cultural Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University.
"...a first-rate book that draws on the scholarship of several disciplines and puts the English story in a European context."-- Choice
"...Gunn makes an important contribution to Victorian studies."--Harold Perkin, Victorian Studies
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