Newcastle's long nineteenth century: a world-historical interpretation of making a multi-nodal city region

Barke, Mike and Taylor, Peter (2015) Newcastle's long nineteenth century: a world-historical interpretation of making a multi-nodal city region. Urban History, 42 (1). pp. 43-69. ISSN 0963-9268

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We describe and analyse how Newcastle was transformed from a relatively stagnant British city at the dawn of the nineteenth century to one of the most vibrant cities in the world by the early twentieth century. We use two frameworks to chart and explain this momentous change: Wallerstein's model of hegemonic cycles to locate Newcastle's late development in a world-historical context, and Jacobs’ theory of city economic growth to understand the processes of change within the city and its region. These lead to an empirical focus on three investigations: first, how Newcastle grew geographically to become a multi-nodal city region (Tyneside plus Wearside); second, how the Newcastle city economy grew and developed into a very complex division of labour; and third, how this generated a new modern metropolitan cultural world.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: first published online. 8 September 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: economic growth; economic history; empirical analysis; hegemony; labor division; metropolitan area; nineteenth century; urban economy; urban history; Newcastle
Subjects: V100 History by period
V200 History by area
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Nicola King
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2014 14:06
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 14:29

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