On Glasgow and Edinburgh

On Glasgow and Edinburgh Edinburgh and Glasgow enjoy a famously scratchy relationship Resembling other intercity rivalries throughout the world from Madrid and Barcelona to Moscow and St Petersburg to Beijing and Shanghai

  • Title: On Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • Author: Robert Crawford
  • ISBN: 9780674048881
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow enjoy a famously scratchy relationship Resembling other intercity rivalries throughout the world, from Madrid and Barcelona, to Moscow and St Petersburg, to Beijing and Shanghai, Scotland s sparring metropolises just happen to be much smaller and closer together like twin stars orbiting a common axis Yet their size belies their world historical impEdinburgh and Glasgow enjoy a famously scratchy relationship Resembling other intercity rivalries throughout the world, from Madrid and Barcelona, to Moscow and St Petersburg, to Beijing and Shanghai, Scotland s sparring metropolises just happen to be much smaller and closer together like twin stars orbiting a common axis Yet their size belies their world historical importance as cultural and commercial capitals of the British Empire, and the mere forty miles between their city centers does not diminish their stubbornly individual nature.Robert Crawford dares to bring both cities to life between the covers of one book His story of the fluctuating fortunes of each city is animated by the one upping that has been entrenched since the eighteenth century, when Edinburgh lost parliamentary sovereignty and took on its proud wistfulness, while Glasgow came into its industrial promise and defiance Using landmarks and individuals as gateways to their character and past, this tale of two cities mixes novelty and familiarity just as Scotland s capital and its largest city do Crawford gives us Adam Smith and Walter Scott, the Scottish Enlightenment and the School of Art, but also tiny apartments, a poetry library, Spanish Civil War volunteers, and the nineteenth century entrepreneur Maria Theresa Short We see Glasgow s best known street through the eyes of a Victorian child, and Edinburgh University as it appeared to Charles Darwin.Crawford s lively account, drawing on a wealth of historical and literary sources, affirms what people from Glasgow and Edinburgh have long doubted that it is possible to love both cities at the same time.

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    1. After reading two favorable reviews of this book in the Wall St. Journal and the New York Review of Books (I think, could have also been in the London Review of Books), and with an upcoming trip to Edinburgh planned, I picked up this book.However, on the whole, I found it to be a real slog, hence my unfavorable rating. (As they say however, "your mileage may vary". I would not disdain people who find this book interesting, but I would be curious as to *why* they think so.)What bothered me in thi [...]


    2. In the tradition of literature-infused historical overviews for an interested and, dare I say it plainly, educated readership such as Graham Robb's magesterial Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris;, Crawford presents here a tale of two cities that formulate the canon of urban experience for Scotland. That is to say, you won't find page by page a textbook-like exploration of the evolution of these grand cities in a way that presents them in a single, pragmatic, gaze meant to educate the reade [...]


    3. Robert Crawford does a wonderful job at bringing to life the personalities of both these towns. I've visited both Edinburgh and Glasgow, and I plan on returning to both of them. He gives the reader just enough depth in his perspective to make the history and contemporary life of each interesting and relevant. He never goes overboard. The only drawback to this book is the 42-page Prelude. Not really necessary. Before my next trip to Scotland, I will sit down with this book again to find those asp [...]



    4. Carefully researched and attractively written, this is a highly informative and insightful guide to both cities on their own and in contrast with each other.


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