Dublin 1930-1950, The Emergence of the Modern City; Joseph Brady

Dublin 1930-1950, The Emergence of the Modern City; Joseph Brady

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Using a great variety of source materials, and including a large number of photographs and other images, this book builds a picture of Dublin between 1930 and 1950. While this period is on the edge of living memory, there has not been much exploration of how the city looked and functioned in what was the beginning of a new era. It was the capital of a recently emerged state and it looked to the future with some confidence despite the problems that it faced as a legacy of its past. Dublin was growing in population and spreading out beyond its boundaries, even as the population of Ireland as a whole was slipping into decline. The book shows that the city was complex and interesting, and not all doom and gloom as has sometimes been suggested. For the poor, life was as difficult as it always had been and there was a serious problem with the provision of decent housing; the main focus of Dublin Corporation's activities. The middle classes had a different experience. New suburbs emerged as the city grew and the city center was a bright and vibrant place where shoppers could enjoy the latest international trends in consumer goods. Growth brought its own problems, and readers will learn that Dublin had serious traffic congestion and that the parking controls in the city were even more draconian than today. The book demonstrates the ways in which the capital city survived - and in some ways thrived - during the Emergency, and it shows how Dublin fared as tourism destination. Dublin 1930-1950: The Emergence of the Modern City is the fifth volume in The Making of Dublin City series, which sets out to examine the development of Dublin from its origins to the present day. All books in the series share a geographical perspective, which sees the city in a holistic way, exploring the evolution of Dublin's streetscapes and attempting to understand the complex variety of actors and processes which brought about these changes. (Series: The Making of Dublin City)

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