Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research

Uneasy neighbours?: Rural-urban relationships in the nineteenth century

20 September 2013

An International Interdisciplinary Conference

The relationship between urban and rural communities in the nineteenth century was increasingly strained by the unprecedented rate and scale of social, industrial, technological and economic change worldwide.  Cities demanded ever more from agriculture, while rural populations decreased; country life and work were changed by mechanisation and industrialisation, while newcomers to the cities had to adjust to alien ways of livings and conditions of employment; poverty was commonplace in both the countryside and the cities, while the newly wealthy became landowners and urban leaders.

This 1-day interdisciplinary conference aims to consider evidence of the tensions, anxieties and experiences resulting from the changing dynamic between rural and urban life, to examine how this shaped the perceptions of the country and the city, and to explore how these are articulated in difference contexts.

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Professor Keith Snell, University of Leicester, Professor of Rural and Cultural History


Avenue Campus University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BF

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Name: Verity Hunt