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London: A Short History

London: A Short History

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By (author) A. N. Wilson

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  • Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 8mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 3 February 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0753820277
  • ISBN 13: 9780753820278
  • Illustrations note: 16
  • Sales rank: 119,223

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The structure of the book is chronological, with digressions. From Roman and then Norman London, we move on to Chaucer's London - the city of the Peasants Revolt, Dick Whittington and the great Livery Companies. In Tudor and Stuart London many believed the city was being wrecked by over-population, over-building and the greed of speculators. Eighteenth-century London witnessed the South Sea Bubble, gin, highwaymen and the Gordon riots; but also banking, hospitals, and the elegant design of everyday things. In the nineteenth century, expanding vigorously, the city resisted any overall make-over. With Queen Victoria came the Railway Age, which made and unmade the city. Chartism, anti-semitism, overcrowding and cholera. But engineering triumphs too. If the First World War was a nightmare happening elsewhere, the amazing six years of 1939-45 were the city's finest hour. Post-1945, property developers took over, with disastrous results. The author celebrates the cosmopolitan city that mobility and immigration have created, while deploring the 'moronization' of the city, exemplified by the Millennium

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A.N. Wilson was born in 1950. He was Literary Editor of the SPECTATOR 1981-83 and the EVENING STANDARD 1990-97. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he is the author of more than a dozen novels and several works of non-fiction