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The internationalization of fire protection: in pursuit of municipal networks in Edwardian Birmingham

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 December 2005

SHANE EWEN
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School of History and Classics, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9JY

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Through a case study of Birmingham fire brigade, this article examines the plethora of international networking activities undertaken during the late Victorian and early Edwardian period. Birmingham fire brigade, under the control of Alfred Tozer, led British municipal participation in early international fire networks, attending international congresses and exhibitions in Berlin and London, and also visiting continental cities to inspect fire brigades and their appliances. Locating the study firmly within historical debates concerning the embryonic international municipal movement, this article demonstrates that municipal institutions participated in networking activities as part of a policy learning and knowledge-transfer process.

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2005 Cambridge University Press

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