A History of Leisure
The British Experience Since 1500
By (author) Peter Borsay
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History of Leisure by Peter Borsay
Book DescriptionLeisure is a key aspect of modern living. How did our ancestors experience recreation in the past, and how does this relate to the present? To answer these questions, Peter Borsay examines the history of leisure in Britain over the past 500 years, analysing elements of both continuity and change. A History of Leisure - explores a range of pastimes, from festive culture and music to tourism and sport - emphasises a conceptual and critical approach, rather than a simple narrative history - covers a range of themes including economy, state, class, identities, place, space and time - treats the constituent parts of the British Isles as a fluid and dynamic amalgam of local and national cultures and polities. Authoritative and engaging, this text challenges conventional views on the history of leisure and suggests new approaches to the subject. Borsay draws upon the insights provided by a variety of disciplines alongside that of history - anthropology, the arts, geography and sociology - to offer an essential guide to this fascinating area of study.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333930823
(198mm x 130mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Borsay
Leisure Cultures in Urban Europe, c.1700-1870, Hardback (December 2015)
Combines research on a wide variety of leisure activities in the early modern and modern periods, providing an unprecedented transnational perspective to the study of European leisure history.
History of Leisure, Hardback (February 2006)
Placing leisure in its historical context, Borsay's approach is analytical and critical, with an emphasis on key concepts rather than simple chronology, and on the British Isles as a fluid and dynamic amalgam of local and national cultures and polities.
Image of Georgian Bath, 1700-2000, Hardback (July 2000)» View all books by Peter Borsay
There is perhaps no city in Britain so saturated in history and layered with historic imagery as Bath. This interdisciplinary study explores the evolution, structure, and uses of the image of Georgian Bath, from its genesis in the eighteenth century to its renaissance in the twentieth century.
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Author Biography - Peter Borsay
PETER BORSAY is Professor of History at the University of Wales, Lampeter, UK. His previous publications include The English Urban Renaissance: Culture and Society in the Provincial Town, 1660-1770 (1989) and The Image of Georgian Bath, 1700-2000: Towns, Heritage and History (2000).
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