‘The car indispensable’: the hidden influence of the car in inter-war suburban London

Law, Michael John 2013. ‘The car indispensable’: the hidden influence of the car in inter-war suburban London. Journal of Historical Geography. 38 (4), pp. 424-433.

Title‘The car indispensable’: the hidden influence of the car in inter-war suburban London
AuthorsLaw, Michael John
Abstract

Histories of suburban London underplay the importance of the car to inter-war mobilities; an emphasis on public transport has occluded our understanding

of the role of motoring in the transformation of suburban life. This is in marked contrast to work on American suburbia that affords the car

a prime role in suburban formation. This article uses information from dealer’s sales records, motoring magazines and commentary on suburbia to

examine the extent to which motoring was adopted by London’s wider suburban middle classes in the inter-war years. It concludes that by the end of the

1930s, suburban motoring had highly heterogeneous levels of adoption, but, where it was popular, it changed mobility in a dramatic manner that

prefigured wider developments of the late 1950s.

JournalJournal of Historical Geography
Journal citation38 (4), pp. 424-433
ISSN0305-7488
YearOct 2013
PublisherElsevier
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.jhg.2012.04.005
Publication dates
PublishedOct 2013

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