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City in the City Research Areas

The project seeks to analyse the political, urban, and social thought of the reformers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through analysis of the Classical influences within their thought.

To investigate this issue, the project addresses a number of discrete problems and uses particular sources and data sets, drawing on a number of disciplinary areas. These include History, Classics (particularly Classical Reception), Geography, political and urban theory, intellectual history, and Geography.

The project seeks to uncover and analyse the influence of the Classical urbanism in popular culture by examining

  1. The Classical city in popular discourses and the communication of ideas concerning the Classical city and in urban improvement and renewal.
  2. The role of the Classical city in developing ideas of society in urban theory and sociology.
  3. The importance of Classical paradigms of community in the formation of political discourses and political philosophy.

The project will explore those questions through historical study and geographical-philosophical approaches to the city. The historical study will focus on the period from 1850-1939. Key data sets to be investigated include

  1. The presentation of urban heritage in municipal contexts (notably through municipal museums).
  2. Localised discussions of urban renewal and community building (through newspapers and local archives).
  3. The influence of the Classical in contemporary intellectual and political debates on the ‘urban problem’ (pamphlet archives, national newspapers, Westminster political debates).
  4. The influence of the Classical city in intellectual debates, particularly in political theory and theory of communities (1850-present). 

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