Walking Histories, 1800-1914

Editors: Bryant, Chad, Burns, Arthur, Readman, Paul (Eds.)

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About this book

Few historians have written about walking, despite its obvious centrality to the human condition. Focusing on the period 1800-1914, this book examines the practices and meanings of walking in the context of transformative modernity. It boldly suggests that once historians place walking at the heart of their analyses, exciting new perspectives on themes central to the ‘long nineteenth century’ emerge. Walking Histories, 1800-1914 adopts a global perspective, including contributions from specialists in the history and culture of Great Britain, North America, Australia, Russia, East-Central Europe, and South Asia. Critically engaging with recent research, the contributions within offer fresh insights for academic experts, while remaining accessible to student readers. This book will be essential reading for those interested in movement, travel, leisure, urban history, and environmental history.

About the authors

Chad Bryant is Associate Professor in Central and Eastern European History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He is author of Prague in Black: Czech Nationalism and Nazi Rule (2007) and is co-editor, with Cynthia Radding and Paul Readman, of Borderlands in World History, 1700-1914 (2014).
Arthur Burns is Professor of Modern British History at King’s College London, UK. His books include Rethinking the Age of Reform: Britain 1780-1850 (2003), co-edited with Joanna Innes, and St Paul’s: The Cathedral Church of London 604-2004 (2004), co-edited with Derek Keene and Andrew Saint.
Paul Readman is Professor of Modern British History at King’s College London, UK. His publications include Land and Nation in England: Patriotism, National Identity and the Politics of Land 1880-1914 (2008), and as co-editor with Chad Bryant and Cynthia Radding, Borderlands in World History, 1700-1914 (2014). 

Reviews

“Striking into new territory, Walking Histories demonstrates walking's foundational participation in modernity. Eleven essays range through Britain, Europe and Asia, opening fresh perspectives on the richly-varied, potentially contradictory meanings of walking as conservative tradition and radical resistance, as return to nature and commercial opportunity, as sport and act of piety.” (Anne D. Wallace, UNC Greensboro, US)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Modern Walks

    Bryant, Chad (et al.)

    Pages 1-32

  • Walking the Boundaries between Modernity and Tradition: Perambulation and ‘Beating the Bounds’ in Nineteenth-Century Hungary

    Gray, Robert W.

    Pages 35-55

  • Strolling the Romantic City: Gardens, Panoramas, and Middle-Class Elites in Early Nineteenth-Century Prague

    Bryant, Chad

    Pages 57-85

  • Rites of Passage: Youthful Walking and the Rhythms of the City, c.1850–1914

    Sleight, Simon

    Pages 87-112

  • Walking as Labour in Henry Mayhew’s London

    Womack, Elizabeth Coggin

    Pages 115-137

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Walking Histories, 1800-1914
Editors
  • Chad Bryant
  • Arthur Burns
  • Paul Readman
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48498-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48498-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48497-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 332
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