Rebuilding Britain's Blitzed Cities: Hopeful Dreams, Stark Realities

Author:   Catherine Flinn (Oxford Brookes University, UK)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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9781350067622


Pages:   264
Publication Date:   27 December 2018
Format:   Hardback
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Many British cities were devastated by bombing during the Second World War and faced stark economic dilemmas concerning reconstruction planning and implementation after 1945. How did politicians, civil servants and local authorities manage to produce the cities we live in today? Rebuilding Britain's Blitzed Cities examines the underlying processes and pressures, especially financial and bureaucratic, which shaped postwar urbanism in Britain. Catherine Flinn integrates architectural planning with in-depth economic and political analyses of Britain's blitzed cities for the first time. She examines early reconstruction arrangements, the postwar economic apparatus and the challenges of postwar physical planning across the country, while providing insightful case studies from the cities of Hull, Exeter and Liverpool. By addressing the ideology versus the reality of reconstruction in postwar Britain, Rebuilding Britain's Blitzed Cities highlights the importance of economic and political factors for understanding the British postwar built environment.

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Author:   Catherine Flinn (Oxford Brookes University, UK)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN:  

9781350067622


ISBN 10:   1350067628
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   27 December 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations List of Persons & Affiliations List of Illustrations Preface: In Spite of Planning 1. Introduction: Did the Planners Cut the Heart Out of our Cities ? 2. Considering Reconstruction, 1940-1945 3. Treasury Mandarins: The Apparatus of Postwar Economic Planning 4. Central Control?: The Challenges of Postwar Physical Planning 5. Local Constraints: The Cities of Hull, Exeter and Liverpool 6. Postwar Rebuilding: Hopeful Plans Become Different Realities 7. Rebuilding Blitzed City Centres Despite Planning Appendices Bibliography Index

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Catherine Flinn's excellent book raises important questions that extend far beyond the reconstruction of blitzed cities, the role of planners, and the triumph of modernism over historical reimagining. It also raises questions of how limited resources were allocated after the war, how decisions were made by the local and national state, how private economic interests operated within a planned economy. Her findings will be of great interest not only to urban and architectural but also to economic, political and cultural historians of postwar Britain. * Mark Daunton, Emeritus Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge, UK *


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Catherine Flinn is Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Her main research interest is the impact of politics and economics on the architecture and landscape of modern Britain.

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