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Streetlife : How cities made modern Europe

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Streetlife : How cities made modern Europe


, histoire urbaine, société urbaine, rue, urbanité, culture urbaine, Europe, twentieth century, vingtième siècle, Jerram Leif


Abstract from the publisher :
The twentieth century in Europe was an urban century: it was shaped by life in, and the view from, the street. Women were not liberated in legislatures, but liberated themselves in factories, homes, nightclubs, and shops. Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini made themselves powerful by making cities ungovernable with riots rampaging through streets, bars occupied one-by-one. New forms of privacy and isolation were not simply a by-product of prosperity, but because people planned new ways of living, new forms of housing in suburbs and estates across the continent. Our proudest cultural achievements lie not in our galleries or state theatres, but in our suburban TV sets, the dance halls, pop music played in garages, and hip hop sung on our estates.

In Streetlife , Leif Jerram presents a totally new history of the twentieth century, with the city at its heart, showing how everything distinctive about the century, from revolution and dictatorship to sexual liberation, was fundamentally shaped by the great urban centres which defined it.

Features :
A totally new history of twentieth century Europe, told through its cities
Shows how the city fundamentally shaped the history of the continent in our time, from Hitler to hip-hop, suburbanization to sexual liberation
Invites us to view familiar themes - like the rise of fascism, the cold war, the working class struggle for a good standard of living - from a new perspective
Leif Jerram is a lecturer in urban history in the School of Arts at Manchester University.


Leif Jerram


Oxford University Press USA


March 2011