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VICTORIAN DUNDEE: Image and Realities
Edited by Louise Miskell, Christopher A. Whatley and Bob Harris

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Subject: History
royal octavo
Illustrated: numerous b/w illus.
February 2001
ISBN: 1 86232 171 X
Paperback £20

An overdue corrective to the ‘Juteopolis’ image of Dundee
A readable account based on new research

This book represents the first major scholarly challenge to Dundee’s traditional image as a town overshadowed by the jute industry, abandoned by its wealthy middle classes and characterised by social strife and architectural ugliness. The book brings together new research on the activities of Dundee’s businessmen, civic elites, intellectuals, social reformers, urban planners and working classes to reveal a civic image that differs radically from the ‘juteopolis’ myth. Jute’s domination of the local economy was shortlived, and its influence on modern perceptions of the city has been over-played. These chapters, exploring the development of Dundee before and after the heyday of jute, make a major contribution to the history of urban society and its management in Scotland in the nineteenth century and to a growing body of work on textile and manufacturing towns in this period, in Britain and beyond.

‘Not even the trivial grace of a straight line’ – or why Dundee never built a New Town, Charles McKean

The growth and development of Dundee Harbour in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, William Kenefick

Civic leadership and the manufacturing elite: Dundee, 1820-1870, Louise Miskell

Altering images of the industrial city: the case of James Myles, the ‘factory boy’ and mid-Victorian Dundee, Christopher A. Whatley

‘From the Grampians to the Firth of Forth’: the development of the Dundee Royal Infirmary, Lorraine Walsh

‘An insurrection of maids’: domestic servants and the agitation of 1872, Jan Merchant

The Grey Lady: Mary Lily Walker of Dundee, Myra Baillie

The patron, the professor and the painter: aspects of cultural activity in Dundee at the close of the nineteenth century, Murdo Macdonald

Red Tayside? Political change in early twentieth century Dundee, John Kemp

‘Worthy of a city of the size and importance of Dundee’: James Thomson’s vision of the city beautiful, Bob Harris

Editors: Louise Miskell is a researcher in the Department of History, University of Dundee; Christopher A. Whatley is Professor of Scottish History and Head of the Department of History at the University of Dundee; Bob Harris is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Dundee and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.