Inspiring Capital? Deconstructing myths and reconstructing urban environments, Edinburgh, 1860–2010

  title={Inspiring Capital? Deconstructing myths and reconstructing urban environments, Edinburgh, 1860–2010},
  author={Rebecca Madgin and Richard Rodger},
  journal={Urban History},
  pages={507 - 529}
ABSTRACT: ‘Inspiring Capital’ is the sign that confronts visitors and residents alike at the boundaries of the Edinburgh administrative area. It is a consciously ambiguous message of self-promotion: the logo proclaims the dual standing of the city of Edinburgh as a European capital city and a city of international capital. The article uses a long-run approach to explore how, by inventing and nurturing a myth about Edinburgh as a non-industrial city, councillors and planners privileged the… 

Narrative heroes and civic builders in Newcastle city region during the nineteenth century

Abstract The literature on nineteenth-century Newcastle city region is a narrative of industrial progress premised upon technological prowess. But there is another story to be told about the

Treading Angels: Edinburgh and its Festivals

How did Edinburgh become ‘festival city’? Despite appearances, it was not always so, and it acquired the accolade by happenstance; in the view of one observer, a ‘strange amalgam of cultural

Identifying ‘place’ in place branding: core and periphery in Brisbane’s “New World City”

Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city, and capital of the state of Queensland. It has a sprawling urban footprint and impending connections to neighbouring metropolises, said to create a ‘200 km

Displaying Edinburgh in 1886: the International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art

The International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art held in Edinburgh in 1886 was the first universal international exhibition to be staged in Scotland. This thesis examines the event as a

De-industrialization: a case study of Dundee, 1951–2001, and its broad implications

Abstract Using a case study of one Scottish city, Dundee, this article addresses some of the tensions involved in the use of the concept of ‘de-industrialization’. Widely used to try to understand

Planning the new industrial nation: Scotland 1931 to 1979

Abstract Despite the continuing strength of Unionist politics in Scotland, from the inter-war economic crisis onwards, there slowly emerged distinctive understanding of a Scottish industrial economy.

De-industrialization: strengths and weaknesses as a key concept for understanding post-war British history

Abstract This article argues for a central role for the concept of de-industrialization in understanding the evolution of the economies of urban Britain in the years since 1945. Above all, it is

Bibliography of urban history 2014

Research methods, aids and materials Printed documentary sources Maps and plans Guides to the literature and printed documentary sources Historiography Theory of urbanization Empirical studies of

Review of periodical literature published in 2012 (iii) 1500-1700

Review of periodical literature published in 2012 which concerns economic and social history of Britain and Ireland in the period 1500-1700

An ancient and industrious place: visual geographies and urban identity in a Danish provincial town, c. 1780–1915

Abstract Through the example of Danish provincial town, Odense, the article explores the role of visual culture in the construction and transformation of nineteenth-century provincial identities and



Reconceptualising the historic urban environment: conservation and regeneration in Castlefield, Manchester, 1960–2009

The reinvention of deindustrial cities requires a long‐term commitment to reconfiguring physical space, altering perceptions and transforming the functions of space. The contraction of the

Fantasies of Metropolitan Life: Planning London in the 1940s

  • F. Mort
  • History
    Journal of British Studies
  • 2004
Social historians have highlighted a number of major trends shaping the development of London’s metropolitan area and its urban populations during the 1940s and 1950s. The most significant blueprint

The capitalist, the professor and the soldier: the re‐making of Edinburgh Castle, 1850–1900

The remodelling of Edinburgh Castle in the later nineteenth century was an important stage in the making of Edinburgh as a medieval historic city. It represented an important change in local

Urban Governance and Civic Responsibility: Interwar Council Housing in Buxton

Abstract Councillors and locals alike in Buxton, Derbyshire, had a strong sense of civic identity relating to the town's reputation as a spa and site of leisure in the interwar period. The council

The Talk of the Town: Human Capital, Information, and the Growth of English Cities, 1861 to 1961

Abstract The growth of cities virtually always accompanies modern economic growth. Many observers attribute the relationship to the rise of urban factories or improvements in transportation. We

The significance of post-war London reconstruction plans for East End industry

Jeffrey Diefendorf has shown that during and after the Second World War there were potential conflicts in many European cities between the aim of physical reconstruction and the need to rebuild local

The place of urban conservation in the UK reconstruction plans of 1942–1952

During and immediately after World War II, several hundred reconstruction plans were drawn up for the majority of UK towns and cities. These included both those suffering bomb damage, and those

Civic perceptions: housing and local decision-making in English cities in the 1920s

The adoption of non-traditional housing by local authorities is customarily explained in terms of economic factor shortages or a nationally determined policy discourse. This underestimates the

Tenements to bungalows: class and the growth of home ownership before ‘World War II’

ABSTRACT Which social groups were moving into owner occupation in Britain before the Second World War is a matter of controversy, with opposing claims that this involved mainly white-collar or

The changing appreciation of Patrick Geddes: a case study in planning history

This paper analyses the seemingly unified perception of Patrick Geddes, an important member of the Town Planning Movement and a profound founding father of the discipline. A critical reading into the