New urban history of Belfast published

New urban history of Belfast published

Belfast 400 is edited by Professor Sean Connolly from the School of History and Anthropology

The most comprehensive history of Belfast will be published later this month by Liverpool University Press.

Supported by Queen’s and Belfast City Council, Belfast 400, People, Place and History tells the story of the city’s unique urban history and has been published to mark the 400th anniversary of the granting of Belfast’s City Charter in 1613.

Belfast 400 has been written by a team of experts on the city’s history, including historians, archaeologists, geographers and social scientists from Queen’s and NUI, Maynooth, led by Professor Sean Connolly from Queen’s School of History and Anthropology.

The project was awarded a grant of £60,000 by the Leverhulme Trust and has been three years in the writing. It explores the full range of developments in Belfast’s urban history, from its emergence as a settlement, through its rise as an industrial town, through urban decay and renewal.

Editor of the book and Professor of Irish History at Queen’s Sean Connolly said: “This is one of those opportunities that comes along once or twice in a career. Over the past few years specialists in several fields have started to show us just how much there is to be discovered about Belfast past and present. I have been very lucky in being given the opportunity to pull the results of all that work together into an overview that should make anyone interested in Belfast look at the city in a new light.”

The book will be officially launched at the City Hall in January 2013.


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