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Towns in the nineteenth century

In the nineteenth century, particularly after the Famine, emigration from the countryside, railways and street-cars, industrial enterprises and the increasing control of central government influenced the direction in which towns developed with commercial growth in the centre and suburban growth on the outskirts. 

To further explore the concept of towns in the nineteenth century, see the excerpt from Reading the maps which gives examples from Ireland. 

To read Jacinta Prunty's take on the 'town in the nineteenth century', click here.

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