The Town Below the Ground

Edinburgh's Legendary Undgerground City

Author: Jan-Andrew Henderson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780574495

Category: History

Page: 176

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Below Scotland's capital, hidden for almost two centuries, is a metropolis whose very existence was all but forgotten. For almost 250 years, Edinburgh was surrounded by a giant defensive wall. Unable to expand the city's boundaries, the burgeoning population built over every inch of square space. And when there was no more room, they began to dig down . . . Trapped in lives of poverty and crime, these subterranean dwellers existed in darkness and misery, ignored by the chroniclers of their time. It is only in the last few years that the shocking truth has begun to emerge about the sinister underground city.

Edinburgh New Town

A Comprehensive Guide

Author: Jan-Andrew Henderson

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445674130

Category: Photography

Page: 96

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A comprehensive illustrated guide to Edinburgh's New Town. This book is all you'll need to get the most out of your visit to the New Town.

Global Undergrounds

Exploring Cities Within

Author: Carlos López Galviz,Paul Dobraszczyk,Bradley L. Garrett

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780236115

Category: Architecture

Page: 320

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Rest your eyes long enough on the skylines of Delhi, Guangzhou, Jakarta—even Chicago or London—and you will see the same remarkable transformation, building after building going up with the breakneck speed of twenty-first-century urbanization. But there is something else just as transformative that you won’t see: sprawling networks of tunnels rooting these cities into the earth. Global Undergrounds offers a richly illustrated exploration of these subterranean spaces, charting their global reach and the profound—but often unseen—effects they have on human life. The authors shine their headlamps into an astonishing diversity of manmade underground environments, including subway systems, sewers, communications pipelines, storage facilities, and even shelters. There they find not only an extraordinary range of architectural approaches to underground construction but also a host of different cultural meanings. Underground places can evoke fear or hope; they can serve as sites of memory, places of work, or the hidden headquarters of resistance movements. They are places that can tell a city’s oldest stories or foresee its most distant futures. They are places—ultimately—of both incredible depth and breadth, crucial to all of us topside who work as urban planners, geographers, architects, engineers, or any of us who take subway trains or enjoy fresh water from a faucet. Indeed, as the authors demonstrate, the constant flux within urban undergrounds—the nonstop circulation of people, substances, and energy—serves all city dwellers in myriad ways, not just with the logistics of day-to-day life but as a crucial part of a city’s mythology.

Noise

A Human History of Sound and Listening

Author: David Hendy

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847659446

Category: Music

Page: 382

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Prehistoric drummers used natural acoustics to recreate natural sound. In classical Europe, orators turned the human voice into a lyrical instrument. In Buddhist temples, the icons' ears were exaggerated to represent their spiritual power. And in modern metropolises we are battered by the roar of sound that surrounds us. In the first narrative history of the subject which puts humans at its centre, and following the author's major BBC Radio 4 series Noise, acclaimed historian David Hendy describes the history of noise - which is also the history of listening. As he puts it: 'By thinking about sound and listening, I want to get closer to what it felt like to live in the past.' This unusual book reveals fascinating changes in how we have understood our fellow human beings and the world around us. For although we might see ourselves inhabiting a visual world, our lives are shaped by our need to hear and be heard.

Who Made the Scottish Enlightenment?

A Personal, Biographical and Analytical Enquiry

Author: Colin Russell

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1499091052

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 518

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The Scottish Enlightenment is often portrayed as elitist and Edinburgh based with no universally agreed beginning or end. Additionally, the Philosophers and scholars (the great Scottish Enlightenment figures) sometimes obscure significant contributions from other disciplines so that the achievements of a wider conception of the Scottish Enlightenment are not universally known. Sir Walter Scott also recognised that his nation ‘the peculiar features of whose manners and character are daily melting and dissolving into that of her sister and ally’ had an identity crisis. Both issues are addressed in this enquiry which seeks to highlight the scale and breadth of the Scottish Enlightenment whilst posing the question as to how Scottish identity can be preserved.

Time Out Edinburgh and the Best of Glasgow

Author: N.A

Publisher: Time Out Guides

ISBN: 9781904978664

Category: Travel

Page: 336

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Completely revised and updated, this fifth edition of Time Out Edinburgh features knowledgeable local writers guiding readers from Old Town’s cobbled alleys and New Town’s chic bars to the tranquil beaches of Gullane. An expanded section covers Edinburgh’s many festivals; afternoon, weekend, weekly, and longer itineraries; eateries from five-star to funky; accommodations from bourgeois to bohemian; an architectural guide to the city; the pleasures of Glasgow; and more.

The Emperor's New Kilt

The Two Secret Histories of Scotland

Author: Jan-Andrew Henderson

Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 207

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Did you know that most tartans date only from 1822? Or that the kilt was invented by a factory manager? Know that a Scot landed in America almost a century before Columbus? Or that Scotland had electric lighting 70 years before Watt patented the light bulb? Probably not. Because Scotland has two secret histories. The image of the Scots as whisky-drinking, tartan-sporting, tight-fisted kilt wearers is famous throughout the world. That image is manufactured. Yet Scotland's reputation for producing inventors, thinkers and explorers - people who have changed the course of world history - is nowhere as prevalent. The scale of Scottish influence has been totally under-estimated.

Edinburgh

Author: Brian Bell,Jane Ladle

Publisher: Langenscheidt Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Travel

Page: 282

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Insight Guides, the world's largest visual travel guide series, in association with Discovery Channel, the world's premier source of nonfiction entertainment, provides more insight than ever. From the most popular resort cities to the most exotic villages, Insight Guides capture the unique character of each culture with an insider's perspective. Inside every Insight Guide you'll find:.Evocative, full-colour photography on every page.Cross-referenced, full-colour maps throughout.A brief introduction including a historical timeline .Lively, essays by local writers on the culture, history, and people.Expert evaluations on the sights really worth seeing.Special features spotlighting particular topics of interest.A comprehensive Travel Tips section with listings of the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions, as well as practical information on getting around and advice for travel with children