BRITISH CITIES BEFORE 18701
Prior to 1835 city self-government was eclipsed by Parliamentary interference--England becomes committed to a local revenue system based upon occupancy--After 1835 the functional concept of local government determined the local framework--Administrative centralization becomes a factor--The contrast with United States cities in 1870.
§ 1. Significance of early period. When one considers the British city as it existed in 1870, the contrast with the American city stands out clearly. At that time the divergence was probably at its greatest. The course by which the American city broke away from a possible parallel development has already been traced, and a consideration of the British city is in order.
Obviously any such treatment can in no way properly be termed a history; for the interest at this point, as in America, is only in matters that have proved of lasting significance, or that serve to explain the divergence between the two countries. This involves first a study of____________________