Revival of a City

Coventry in a Globalising World

  • Jason Begley
  • Tom Donnelly
  • David Jarvis
  • Paul Sissons

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jason Begley, Tom Donnelly, David Jarvis, Paul Sissons
    Pages 1-9
  3. Tom Donnelly
    Pages 11-39
  4. Michael Haynes
    Pages 67-92
  5. Clive Collis
    Pages 93-123
  6. Jonathan Kershaw
    Pages 125-141
  7. David Morris
    Pages 229-254
  8. Jason Begley, Tom Donnelly, David Jarvis, Paul Sissons
    Pages 255-265
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 267-276

About this book


In 2021 Coventry celebrates being the national City of Culture. Modern Coventry is a product of successive rounds of industrial, economic and social developments driven by regional, national and global forces. This book presents a timely opportunity to reflect on this rich, and often misunderstood, history.

The book examines the development of industry, services, infrastructure and social transformation, and the role which globalising forces have played in influencing these, particularly since the 1950s. It looks at the experiences of the city of Coventry in responding to the challenges of socioeconomic change, technological advances, reconstruction and renewal.

Issues of investment, economic decline, reconstruction, employment change and local and national governance are all considered in assessing the story of modern Coventry, a city influenced by new industries and development opportunities while still being shaped by its historical economic challenges. By focusing on the case of Coventry this book contributes to debates surrounding urban structural change, economic diversification and resilience from the perspective of a medium-sized city.


Economic Geography World War 2 Sustainable regeneraton Industrial relations Business History Regional Development Agencies Economic Governance Economic depression Factory Knowledge economy Pre-war

Editors and affiliations

  • Jason Begley
    • 1
  • Tom Donnelly
    • 2
  • David Jarvis
    • 3
  • Paul Sissons
    • 4
  1. 1.Coventry UniversityCoventryUK
  2. 2.Coventry UniversityCoventryUK
  3. 3.Coventry UniversityCoventryUK
  4. 4.Coventry UniversityCoventryUK

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