The Tudor and Stuart Town: A Reader in English Urban History, 1530-1688

The Tudor and Stuart Town: A Reader in English Urban History, 1530-1688

The Tudor and Stuart Town: A Reader in English Urban History, 1530-1688

The Tudor and Stuart Town: A Reader in English Urban History, 1530-1688

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The articles reprinted here offer the student or general reader convenient access to some of the best writing on Tudor and Stuart towns published since 1975. Many of the articles come from journals or collected volumes which are not readily accessible to the student of urban history. Collectively they cover the main themes currently being explored in what remains one of the liveliest periods of urban history, indeed of historical study in general. Unlike other volumes in this series of readers, work before 1975 has not been included, because the best of the earlier articles are easily accessible in The Early Modern Town: A Reader, edited byPeter Clark. A number of excellent volumes of essays on urban history have been published since then, but I have avoided choosing essays from these, or, with one exception, from the Urban History Yearbook. A full bibliography of such recent work will be found in the footnotes to Chapter 1, Introduction, which surveys the changes that have occurred in the study of towns, offering a guide to the current state of knowledge, but also some suggestions about likely areas for future study. Brief editorial introductions to each chapter suggest the importance of each article, as well as indicating some of the criticisms and revisions of its ideas that have emerged subsequently.

It has been a great pleasure to collaborate with the rest of the editorial team in this series of Readers in Urban History. I am particularly grateful to Peter Clark, Peter Borsay and Gervase Rosser for their help. Ideas in the Introduction were aired and shaped at seminars organized by the Centre for South-Western Historical Studies, Exeter and the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford. Special thanks are due to Harriet Barry, Colin Jones, Margaret Pelling and John Triffitt.

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