Urban history book launch roundtable

KCBH are delighted to host an event, ‘The New Urban Political History’, which will take place in the River Room, KCL on 10 July, from 11.00am-1.00pm. (The morning after the KCBH conference).


Details below:

“The New Urban Political History”

This event announces the debuts of three important new books. These innovative works tackle major historical problems through a distinctively urban lens. The result is urban history as political history, promising fresh insights for both.

Chair: Erika Hanna, University of Bristol

Simon Gunn, University of Leicester, and Susan Townsend, University of Nottingham: Automobility and the City in Twentieth-Century Britain and Japan (Bloomsbury, 2019).

Guy Ortolano, New York University: Thatcher’s Progress: From Social Democracy to Market Liberalism through an English New Town (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Otto Saumarez Smith, University of Warwick: Boom Cities: Architect Planners and the Politics of Radical Urban Renewal in 1960s Britain (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Each of the authors will briefly introduce a book other than their own. We will then invite a wider discussion of what this ‘new urban history’ can tell us about the emerging economic, social, and political histories of 20th century Britain.

This event is free, but booking is essential: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-new-urban-political-history-book-launch-roundtable-tickets-61734876678

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