Merseyside: Culture and Place demonstrates how Liverpool and Merseyside have a rich, fascinating and sometimes controversial cultural history. The result of a conference held to mark Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture in 2008, this interdisciplinary volume contains chapters by scholars working in a variety of fields, including Geography, Art, English, Marketing and History. There are many facets to Merseyside's cultural history, and the contributors to this publication bring their own perspective to bear on various features of the area's rich heritage. Taking in examples from the early modern era to the present day, Merseyside: Culture and Place draws attention to often overlooked cultural forms, such as sketches of the Mersey by J. M. W. Turner and the fan culture exhibited on Liverpool FC's Kop. Each chapter in the book is based on original research and the contributors set their findings in a local, national and, in some cases, an international context. Both academics and general readers will find much of interest in a book that reflects Merseyside's distinctive and multi-faceted character.
About the Author: Mike Benbough-Jackson is a Senior Lecturer in History at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. He has published articles on the rural, urban and cultural history of Wales, a concise history of the county of Cardiganshire (2007), and a history of the ways in which this county and its inhabitants has been depicted (2011). His current research interests include the history of celebrations, and the ways places and people have been represented in modern times. Sam Davies is Professor of History at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. He is primarily a labour historian, is the author of Liverpool Labour: Social and Political Influences on the Development of the Labour Party in Liverpool, 1900-1939 (1996), and co-author of County Borough Elections in England and Wales, 1919-1938: A Comparative Analysis (8 volumes, 1999, 2000, 2006 and following), and Dock Workers: International Explorations in Comparative Labour History, 1790-1970 (2000).