Intelligent Town

An Urban History of Swansea, 1780-1855

Louise Miskell

Intelligent Town

Louise Miskell

Distributed for University of Wales Press

254 pages | 8 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2006
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780708325100 Published July 2012 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Intelligent Town is the first full-length study of Swansea’s urban development from the late eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Louise Miskell tells the little-known story of how Swansea gained an unrivaled position of influence as an urban center—which led to its brief claim as the “metropolis of Wales,” and how it then lost this status in the face of rapid urban development elsewhere in Wales. As such Intelligent Town provides an important new perspective on Welsh urban history in which the roles of Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, and even Bristol are better known as towns of influence in Welsh urban life. It also offers an analysis of how Swansea’s experience of urbanization fits into the wider picture of British urban history.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables and Figures
List of Abbreviations

I. Introduction
II. ‘Prejudicial to our ancient rights and privileges’: Urban governance, c.1780-1800
III. ‘Many advantages not to be found in any other part of wales’: Improvement and identity, c.1800-1820
IV. ‘A degree of commercial and manufacturing importance’: Industrialization and regional status
V. ‘The content and comfort of the workmen’: The Swansea populace and social relations
VI. ‘Cutting each other’s throats by our unhappy divisions’: Local government in the post-reform era
VII. ‘There is a spirit of intelligence abroad’: Urban elites and urban culture
VIII. Conclusion

Biographical Appendix
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