An archive of anxiety: the papers of EAA Rowse

Page, Adam (2020) An archive of anxiety: the papers of EAA Rowse. Planning Perspectives . ISSN 0266-5433

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This archive report discusses the files contained in EAA Rowse's papers in the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Research Collections. Rowse was a leading figure in planning education in mid-century Britain who is nevertheless somewhat peripheral in the intellectual history of planning. The article gives a brief biographical overview and analyses the key themes present in the archive, namely Rowse's anxiety about the future and his belief in planning as the only way to avoid a potentially species-ending catastrophe. It contextualises some of his ideas and examines his conceptualisation of the 'composite mind' in particular through a close analysis of the various notes and reports in the archive.

Keywords:Eric Rowse, reconstruction, Second World War, Cold War, Education, Planning, Evolution
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K421 Urban Planning
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V147 Modern History 1950-1999
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K440 Urban studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V146 Modern History 1920-1949
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:41147
Deposited On:07 Jul 2020 15:30

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