Making the Modern City
Edited by Alan Kidd and Terry Wyke
In the nineteenth century Manchester was recognised across the globe as a symbol of industrialism and modernity. It was one of those iconic cities that came to stand for something more than itself. Its global reach stretched beyond industrialism as such and encompassed the political and economic ideas that the industrial revolution spawned. Manchester was simultaneously the home of the capitalist ideology of Free Trade (famously naming its chief public building in honour of this idea) and the place where Marx and Engels plotted the communist revolution.
The history of modern Manchester opens doors to an understanding of how science helped shape the modern world from the discoveries of Dalton and Joule to Rutherford’s splitting of the atom, the first stored-program computer and the invention of graphene. But Manchester has also been home to sporting and cultural achievements from the prowess of its football teams to its media presence in television. The city has been the venue for the expression of numerous voices of protest and affirmation from the Peterloo demonstrators in 1819 to the Suffragettes nearly a century later and the Gay protests of more recent times. It has always been a cosmopolitan city with a lively mix of ethnic groups that has added celebration and tension to its cultural and social life.
Over time the population growth in and around Manchester generated an urban sprawl that became a city region. ‘Greater Manchester’ has been a reality for over a century and along with Greater London is the only metropolitan region to be named after its core city. As the industrial base on which the city and region had depended for two centuries collapsed in the later twentieth century the city had to take a new path. This it has done with remarkable success and twenty-first century Manchester is recognised as the post-industrial city that has been most successful in reinventing itself.
Appreciating how this has happened is as much a key to understanding Manchester as is knowledge of its past greatness. Written by leading experts on the history of the city and with numerous insights and unexpected stories, this profusely illustrated book is essential for an understanding of what Manchester has been and what it can become.
Alan Kidd is Emeritus Professor of Social & Regional History, Manchester Metropolitan University.
Terry Wyke is Senior Lecturer in Social & Economic History, Manchester Metropolitan University.
Introduction: Making the Modern City, Alan Kidd & Terry Wyke
Chapter 1: Roots of Industrial Revolution, Geoff Timmins
Chapter 2: Rise and Decline of Cottonopolis, Terry Wyke
Chapter 3: Science, Technology and Medicine, James Sumner
Chapter 4: Voices of the People, Michael E. Rose
Chapter 5: A Cosmopolitan City, Mervyn Busteed
Chapter 6: Culture, Media and Sport, Dave Russell
Chapter 7: Township to Metropolis: Suburbs and the shaping of the modern city, Alan Kidd
Chapter 8: The Resurgent Entrepreneurial City, Brian Robson
[Manchester] tells a remarkable tale of a place which pioneered industry, was a template for the modern city, a hotbed of radical thought, scientific innovation and a hub of culture.
There is an optimistic feel to the book, celebrating Manchester as a place which has fought hardships to emerge as a modern city. Some beautiful colour photographs, maps, copies of artefacts, and extensive bibliographies for each section add to the enjoyment.
Emily Oldfield, I Love Manchester
'Fascinating in-depth study of how and why Manchester developed into an internationally important city. A thoroughly enjoyable read with many illustrations.'
The Arts and Crafts Church
Size: 246 x 189 mm
230 colour illustrations
Publication: June 3, 2016