London: A History

Hardcover | October 22, 1998

byFrancis Sheppard

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London has for most of 2,000 years been the hub of the political, economic, and cultural life of Britain. No other world 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 Romansettlement 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 formore 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.

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Let London's best historian, Francis Sheppard, be your historical guide to this fascinating city. London: A History is the ultimate description of London's varied and unique history. From its beginnings as a Roman settlement to the cosmopolitan city of millions it is today, Sheppard provides a lucid picture of this admirable city. Thro...

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London has for most of 2,000 years been the hub of the political, economic, and cultural life of Britain. No other world 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 Romansettlement at the first bridging of the Tham...

General editor of the multi-volume Survey of London 1954-1982

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:460 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.34 inPublished:October 22, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198229224

ISBN - 13:9780198229223

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Table of Contents

Part I. Londinium1. urban origins2. early Londinium3. change and decayPart II. From Londinium to the Chartered City of London, c.400-c.15304. Londinium and Lundenwic c.400-c.8865. from Lundenburg to the birth of a municipal commune c.866-12156. the emergence of the medieval capital c.1216-c.1530Part III. The Genesis of Modern London 1530-17007. the rise of the metropolis8. religious and educational revolution9. political revolutions10. the processes of growth11. the administration of the metropolis12. death and life in LondonPart IV. Augustan and Georgian London 1700-183013. the growth and structure of London14. London and the genesis of the industrial economy15. religion, education and leisure16. metropolitan politics and metropolitan classPart V. Metropolitan and Imperial London 1830-191417. structures of the modern metropolis18. the people of London19. the imperial and global metropolisPart VI. The Uncertain Metropolis 1914-199720. the inter-war years 1914-1939;, World War II 1939-1945; disruptions, 1945-1997; valedictionAppendix 1: Estimates of the Population of London 1550-1801Appendix 2: The Population of London and the South East Region 1801-1991Notes, Bibliography, Index

From Our Editors

Let London's best historian, Francis Sheppard, be your historical guide to this fascinating city. London: A History is the ultimate description of London's varied and unique history. From its beginnings as a Roman settlement to the cosmopolitan city of millions it is today, Sheppard provides a lucid picture of this admirable city. Through great fires and epidemics, civil war and the horrifying Blitz, London has rebuilt itself again and again.

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a bold book. Peter Ackroyd/The Times/3/12/98