The Making of Classical Edinburgh: 1750-1840

A.J. Youngson

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Edinburgh University Press, 1993

Hardback, 176 pages.


In his famous study of the planning, financing and building of the New Town of Edinburgh, Professor Youngson recreates and brings to life one of the most comprehensive, detailed and remarkable urban expansion programmes ever undertaken. He describes the vigour of the planning debates, the fundraising schemes, the administrative and legislative infrastructure of planning, the construction of public buildings as poles of attraction for speculative building, and all the hopes, quarrels, victories and civic bankruptcy that went into this great experiment.
Superbly illustrated, this book is an acclaimed work of economic and social history, and a fascinating account of the shaping of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.  
A.J. Youngson was a Professor of Economic History at the University of Edinburgh, and an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. He was also the Chairman of the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland and published extensively about the economic development of British cities.