The field of urban environmental history is a relatively new one, yet it is rapidly moving to the forefront of scholarly research and is the focus of much interdisciplinary work. Given the environmental problems facing the modern world it is perhaps unsurprising that historians, geographers, political, natural and social scientists should increasingly look at the environmental problems faced by previous generations, and how they were regarded and responded to. This volume reflects this growing concern, and reflects many of the key concerns and issues that are essential to our understanding of the problems faced by cities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Addressing a variety of environmental issues, such as clean water supply, the provision/retention of green space, and noise pollution, that faced European and North American cities the essays in this volume highlight the common responses as well as the differences that characterised the reactions to these trans-national concerns.

chapter 3|15 pages

Urban Horses and Changing City-Hinterland Relationships in the United States

ByJoel A. Tarr, Clay McShane

chapter 6|16 pages

Sustainable Naples: The Disappearance of Nature as Resource

ByGabriella Corona

chapter 7|19 pages

The Struggle for Urban Space: Nantes and Clermont-Ferrand, 1830–1930

ByClermont-Ferrand, 1830–1930 Geneviève Massard-Guilbaud

chapter 12|12 pages

Experts and Water Quality in Paris in 1870

ByLaurence Lestel

chapter 13|15 pages

Noise Abatement and the Search for Quiet Space in the Modern City

ByMichael Toyka-Seid

chapter 16|14 pages

Path Dependence and Urban History: Is a Marriage Possible?

ByMartin V. Melosi