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London : A History

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London has for most of 2000 years been the hub of the political, economic, and cultural life of the British Isles. No other city has held such a dominant national position for so long. This new study, by the doyen of London historians, describes London's diverse past, from its origins as a Roman settlement at the first bridging of the Thames to the world-class metropolis it is today. It provides a vivid account of a city which was the 'deere sweete' place which Chaucer loved more than any other city on earth, which was for Dickens his 'magic lantern', and to Keats 'a great sea', howling for more wrecks. It is also a story of much contrast and remarkable resilience; through great fires and pestilence, civil war, and the Blitz, London has rebuilt and reinvented itself for each generation.show more

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  • Paperback | 460 pages
  • 138 x 210 x 30mm | 621.43g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • numerous halftones and line illustrations
  • 0192853694
  • 9780192853691

Table of contents

PART I. LONDINIUM; 1. urban origins; 2. early Londinium; 3. change and decay; PART II. FROM LONDINIUM TO THE CHARTERED CITY OF LONDON, C.400-C.1530; 4. Londinium and Lundenwic c.400-c.886; 5. from Lundenburg to the birth of a municipal commune c.866-1215; 6. the emergence of the medieval capital c.1216-c.1530; PART III. THE GENESIS OF MODERN LONDON 1530-1700; 7. the rise of the metropolis; 8. religious and educational revolution; 9. political revolutions; 10. the processes of growth; 11. the administration of the metropolis; 12. death and life in London; PART IV. AUGUSTAN AND GEORGIAN LONDON 1700-1830; 13. the growth and structure of London; 14. London and the genesis of the industrial economy; 15. religion, education and leisure; 16. metropolitan politics and metropolitan class; PART V. METROPOLITAN AND IMPERIAL LONDON 1830-1914; 17. structures of the modern metropolis; 18. the people of London; 19. the imperial and global metropolis; PART VI. THE UNCERTAIN METROPOLIS 1914-1997; 20. the inter-war years 1914-1939;, World War II 1939-1945; disruptions, 1945-1997; valediction; Appendix 1: Estimates of the Population of London 1550-1801; Appendix 2: The Population of London and the South East Region 1801-1991; Notes, Bibliography, Indexshow more

About F.H.W. Sheppard

Francis Sheppard is the leading authority on London's past. He is the author of The Treasury of London's Past and the editor of Survey of London, volumes twenty-six through forty-one, published between 1956 and 1983. He lives in London.show more

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