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City Dreamers : The Urban Imagination in Australia - Graeme Davison

City Dreamers

The Urban Imagination in Australia


Published: 1st August 2016
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I became an urban historian because I believed that our cities deserved more of our curiosity and idealism.

City Dreamers restores Australian cities, and those who created them, to their rightful place in the national imagination. Building on a lifetime’s work, Graeme Davison views Australian history, from 1788 to the present day, through the eyes of city dreamers – such as Henry Lawson, Charles Bean and

Hugh Stretton – and others who have helped make the cities we inhabit. Davison looks at significant individuals or groups that he calls snobs, slummers, pessimists, exodists, suburbans and anti-suburbans – and argues that there’s a particular twist to the ways in which Australians think about cities. And the way we live in them.

This extraordinary book excavates the cultural history of the Australian city by focusing on ‘dreamers’, those who battle to make and re-make our cities. It reminds us that for most of us the city is home, and it is there that we find belonging.



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Beautifully written, fascinating history


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  • Easy To Read
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    Comments about City Dreamers:

    Really interesting and beautifully written book about the history of Australian cities. Very easy to read, as it incorporates stories about historical figures and includes illustrations and maps. Highly recommend.

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    ISBN: 9781742234694
    ISBN-10: 1742234690
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: 1st August 2016
    Publisher: UNSW Press
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.5
    Weight (kg): 0.44