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From Our Fellows 09, September 2017

In this September 2017 edition of short reflections ‘From Our Fellows’, we hear about different aspects of cities, past and present, from Rosemary Ashton and Matthew Gandy. And, because there is no escape from Brexit these days, Robert Frost offers a timely lesson on one of the longest-lasting, but least known, unions in European history.

This has been a variable summer, but there were definitely moments when the metropolis sweltered uncomfortably in the heat and humidity. Rosemary Ashton, Emeritus Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at University College London, recalls the ‘Great Stink’ that befell London in the hot hot summer of 1858.

Matthew Gandy is Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography at the University of Cambridge. Here he tells us how, in his current research project, he is ‘Rethinking urban nature’. [at 12:02]

The Scottish Referendum and then the European Referendum have immersed us all in discussions of unions and of nation states. But Robert Frost, Burnett Fletcher Chair in History at the University of Aberdeen, thinks that there are still some important historical lessons to be learned. [at 19:48]

Release date 27 September 2017

Further reading:

Rosemary Ashton, One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858 (Yale, July 2017).

Robert Frost, The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania, Volume I: The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569 (OUP, 2015).