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Description - The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne by Graeme Davison

In the 1880s, a generation after the gold rushes, Melbourne rose to become Australia's most populous, modern and self-consciously 'metropolitan' city. Its offices and warehouses leapt skyward, its suburbs sprawled and the tentacles of its commerce reached across the continent.
In the 1890s, the housing boom burst, depression struck and Melbourne's population and influence declined. In this classic work of Australian social history, Graeme Davison explores the economic, political, social and cultural consequences of the meteoric rise, and calamitous fall, of the city dubbed 'Marvellous Melbourne'.
Twenty-six years after this much-acclaimed book was first published, Davison offers a reappraisal of his original ideas in a new preface and epilogue. The book has also been enhanced by a series of picture essays exploring the response of contemporary artists and photographers to the transformation of city and suburbs.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780522851236
ISBN-10: 0522851231
Format: Paperback / softback
(154mm x 244mm x 25mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Melbourne University Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Graeme Davison

Professor Graeme Davison is Head of the School of Historical Studies at Monash University, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of the Humanities. His main interest is in the history of cities. His books include Car Wars and The Unforgiving Minute: How Australia Learned to Tell the Time. He edited Australians 1888 and the Oxford Companion to Australian History.

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