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‘A Contrivance for Life’: The Garden Cemetery and the Cultivation of National Enterprise and Individual Sentiment as Aspects of British Character

‘A Contrivance for Life’: The Garden Cemetery and the Cultivation of National Enterprise and... Abstract Following the publication ofaccounts extolling the virtues ofthe Parisian cemetery of Pere La Chaise in the early 19th century, British critics ofgardens and architecture joined ranks with social reformers in calling for the establishment of new, model cemeteries on the outskirts of major cities. To the goal ofproviding a hygienic alternative to the putrefying masses growing beneath the metropolis was added an expressed desire to provide the working classes with lessons drawn from life, entailed in the carefully contrived appreciation of monuments to famous countrymen. In walks through cemetenies such as Abney Park in London one learned not only to appreciate the order of nature, but to cherish one’s native soil as well. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png National Identities Taylor & Francis

‘A Contrivance for Life’: The Garden Cemetery and the Cultivation of National Enterprise and Individual Sentiment as Aspects of British Character

National Identities , Volume 1 (1): 20 – Mar 1, 1999
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Taylor & Francis
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1469-9907
eISSN
1460-8944
DOI
10.1080/14608944.1999.9728102
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Abstract

Abstract Following the publication ofaccounts extolling the virtues ofthe Parisian cemetery of Pere La Chaise in the early 19th century, British critics ofgardens and architecture joined ranks with social reformers in calling for the establishment of new, model cemeteries on the outskirts of major cities. To the goal ofproviding a hygienic alternative to the putrefying masses growing beneath the metropolis was added an expressed desire to provide the working classes with lessons drawn from life, entailed in the carefully contrived appreciation of monuments to famous countrymen. In walks through cemetenies such as Abney Park in London one learned not only to appreciate the order of nature, but to cherish one’s native soil as well.

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National IdentitiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 1, 1999

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