The experience of suburban modernity: how private transport changed interwar London

Law, Michael John 2014. The experience of suburban modernity: how private transport changed interwar London. Manchester Manchester University Press.

TitleThe experience of suburban modernity: how private transport changed interwar London
AuthorsLaw, Michael John
Abstract

The experience of suburban modernity looks at the history of the London suburbs in the interwar years. It shows that, contrary to those accounts that portray suburbia as static and boring, these suburbs were in fact at the heart of the adoption of private transport and new mobilities. Wealthier middle-class suburbanites enjoyed driving at speed on new arterial roads, visiting roadhouses for a transgressive night out, taking five-shilling flights from the local airport, and joining cycling and motorcycle clubs. All this fun came at a price for some in the form of thousands of deaths in road accidents, plane crashes on suburban housing and in the despoiling of the countryside through road development.

Year2014
PublisherManchester University Press
Publication dates
Published2014
Place of publicationManchester
SeriesStudies in Popular Culture
ISBN9780719089190

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