Through a wide array of urban associations in a broad range of settings, comprising Austria and Bratislava, France and Italy, the Netherlands, Austro-Hungary, England, Scotland and the US, this volume reflects on the construction of class, nation and culture in the associations of the nineteenth-century urban place. In so doing it shows that a deep and interlocking civil society does not automatically lead to a rise in democratic activity. Expansion of the networks of urban association could equally result in greater subdivision and to the fragmentation and isolation of certain groups. Partition as much as coherence is our understanding of civil society and associations in the nineteenth-century urban place. (from the publisher's website)
Dr. Morton is the Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies and and Professor in the Department of History, University of Guelph. He is continuing work on the nineteenth-century romantic novelist Jane Porter, with special focus on The Scottish Chiefs (1810) while completing Ourselves and Others: Scotland 1832-1914 for Edinburgh University Press. Since 2004 Morton has edited the International Review of Scottish Studies. With Kris Inwood he has received CFI funding to create a 5% digitized sample of the 1871 censuses of Scotland and Canada.