The field of urban environmental history is a relatively new one, yet it is rapidly moving to the forefront of scholarly research and is the focus of much interdisciplinary work. Given the environmental problems facing the modern world it is perhaps unsurprising that historians, geographers, political, natural and social scientists should increasingly look at the environmental problems faced by previous generations, and how they were regarded and responded to.
This volume reflects this growing concern, and reflects many of the key concerns and issues that are essential to our understanding of the problems faced by cities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Addressing a variety of environmental issues, such as clean water supply, the provision/retention of green space, and noise pollution, that faced European and North American cities the essays in this volume highlight the common responses as well as the differences that characterised the reactions to these transnational concerns.
List of Illustrations; Notes on Contributors; General Editors' Preface; Introduction. Resources of the City: towards a European urban environmental history, Dieter Schott; A metabolic approach to the city: Nineteenth and Twentieth century Paris, Sabine Barles; Urban horses and Changing City-Hinterland Relationships in the United States, Joel A. Tarr and Clay McShane; 'Returning to nature': vacation and life style in the Montreal region, Michele Dagenais; Citizens in Pursuit of Nature: Gardens, Allotments and Private Space in European cities, 1850-2000, Helen Meller; Sustainable Naples: The Disappearance of Nature as a Resource, Gabriella Corona; The struggle for urban space: Nantes and Clermont-Ferrand, 1830-1930, Genevieve Massard-Guilbaud; Sanitate Crescamus: Water Supply, Sewage Disposal and Environmental Values in a Victorian suburb, Nicholas Goddard; Resource Management and Environmental Transformations. Water Incorporation at the Time of Industrialization: Milan, 1880-1940, Simone Neri Serneri; Constructing Urban Infrastructure for Multiple Resource Management: Sewerage Systems in the Industrialization of the Rhineland, Germany, Ulrich Koppitz; Towards the Socialist Sanitary City: Urban Water Problems in East German new towns, 1945-70, Christoph Bernhardt; Experts and water quality in Paris in 1870, Laurence Lestel; Noise Abatement and the Search for Quiet Space in the Modern City, Michael Toyka-Seid; Environmental Justice, History and the City: The United States and Britain, 1970-2000, Bill Luckin; 'In Stadt und Land': Differences and Convergences between Urban and Local Environmentalism in West Germany, 1950-80, Jens Ivo Engels; Path Dependence and Urban History: Is a Marriage Possible?, Martin V. Meiosi; Index.
Dieter Schott is a Professor at the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, UK. Bill Luckin is a Research Professor in Urban History at Bolton Institute, UK. Dr Genevieve Massard-Guilbaud works at the Universite de Clermont-Ferrand, France.