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The English Urban RenaissanceCulture and Society in the Provincial Town 1660-1770$
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Peter Borsay

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202554

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202554.001.0001

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The Urban Scene

The Urban Scene

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(p.3) 1 The Urban Scene
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The English Urban Renaissance
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Peter Borsay

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202554.003.0001

This chapter describes the current urban environment in the United Kingdom and compares it to that of the early 18th century. The United Kingdom is one of the most urbanized countries in the world right now. In 1700, only a quarter of the population lived in the 600 to 700 towns scattered across the nation. However, after that time several changes in the structure of society took place. Bigger towns and cities emerged and small towns slowly vanished. People from small towns started to migrate and live in the big cities such as London, with half a million people living there. These cities became the centres of commercial activities in the various regions of the country. The types of towns that grew in terms of population were those based near ports and dockyards.

Keywords:   United Kingdom, town, city, migration, London, commercial, port, dockyard

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