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London, a social history, Roy Porter

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London, a social history
Title
London, a social history
Statement of responsibility
Roy Porter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This dazzling and yet intimate book is the first modern one-volume history of London from Roman times to the present. An extraordinary city, London grew from a backwater in the Classical age into an important medieval city, a significant Renaissance urban center, and a modern collossus. Roy Porter writes a whole life of this world-renowned place - from the grid streets and fortresses of Julius Caesar and William the Conqueror to the medieval, walled "most noble city" of churches, friars, and crown and town relationships. Within the crenellated battlements, manufactures and markets developed and street-life buzzed, enlivened with the cries of hawkers and peddlers. People worked, talked, haggled, and relaxed in London's medieval streets, while craftsmen lived where they worked, nestled trade-by-trade in neighborhoods. London's profile in 1500 was much as it was at the peak of Roman power. The city owed its courtly splendor and national pride of the Tudor Age to the phenomenal expansion of its capital. It was the envy of foreigners, the spur of civic patriotism, and a hub of culture, architecture, and great literature and new religion. Tudor Londoners had an insatiable appetite for new workshops, yards and stores, and comfortable homes; and makeshift quarters for laborers from rural areas began to dot the rising city. London experienced a cruel civil war, fires, enlightenment in thought, government, and living, and the struggle and benefits of empire from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. From the lament that "London was but is no more" to "you, who are to stand a wonder to all Years and ages ... a phoenix," London became an elegant, eye-catching, metropolitan hub. It was a mosaic that represented the shared values of a people - both high and low born - at work and play. London was and is a wonder city, a marvel. Not since ancient times has there been such a city - not eternal, but vibrant, living, full of a free people ever evolving. As no one before him, Roy Porter captures the deep pulse of his hometown and makes it our own. London's fortunes, people, and imperial glory are recaptured with brio and wit. This is a transcendent book for all lovers of London, cities, and the habits and fortunes of peoples
  • This dazzling and yet intimate book is the first modern one-volume history of London from Roman times to the present. An extraordinary city, London grew from a backwater in the Classical age into an important medieval city, a significant Renaissance urban center, and a modern collossus. Roy Porter writes a whole life of this world-renowned place - from the grid streets and fortresses of Julius Caesar and William the Conqueror to the medieval, walled "most noble city" of churches, friars, and crown and town relationships. Within the crenellated battlements, manufactures and markets developed and street-life buzzed, enlivened with the cries of hawkers and peddlers. People worked, talked, haggled, and relaxed in London's medieval streets, while craftsmen lived where they worked, nestled trade-by-trade in neighborhoods. London's profile in 1500 was much as it was at the peak of Roman power. The city owed its courtly splendor and national pride of the Tudor Age to the phenomenal expansion of its capital. It was the envy of foreigners, the spur of civic patriotism, and a hub of culture, architecture, and great literature and new religion. Tudor Londoners had an insatiable appetite for new workshops, yards and stores, and comfortable homes; and makeshift quarters for laborers from rural areas began to dot the rising city. London experienced a cruel civil war, fires, enlightenment in thought, government, and living, and the struggle and benefits of empire from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. From the lament that "London was but is no more" to "you, who are to stand a wonder to all Years and ages... a phoenix," London became an elegant, eye-catching, metropolitan hub. It was a mosaic that represented the shared values of a people - both high and low born - at work and play. London was and is a wonder city, a marvel. Not since ancient times has there been such a city - not eternal, but vibrant, living, full of a free people ever evolving. As no one before him, Roy Porter captures the deep pulse of his hometown and makes it our own. London's fortunes, people, and imperial glory are recaptured with brio and wit. This is a transcendent book for all lovers of London, cities, and the habits and fortunes of peoples
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-2002
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Porter, Roy
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • London (England)
  • London (England)
  • London (England)
Label
London, a social history, Roy Porter
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. Formation to Reformation -- 3. Tudor London -- 4. War, Plague and Fire -- 5. The Triumph of Town: From Restoration to Regency -- 6. Commercial City: 1650-1800 -- 7. Culture City: Life under the Georges -- 8. Capitalism in the Capital: The Victorian Age -- 9. 'The Contagion of Numbers': The Building of the Victorian Capital 1820-1890 -- 10. Bumbledom? London's Politics 1800-1890 -- 11. Social Problems, Social Improvement: 1820-1890 -- 12. Victorian Life -- 13. 'A Fungus-Like Growth': Expansion 1890-1945 -- 14. Modern Growth, Modern Government: 1890-1945 -- 15. Swinging London, Dangling Economy: 1945-1975 -- 16. Thatcher's London -- 17. Conclusion: The London Marathon
Control code
31009693
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 431 pages
Isbn
9780674538382
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1642285
Label
London, a social history, Roy Porter
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. Formation to Reformation -- 3. Tudor London -- 4. War, Plague and Fire -- 5. The Triumph of Town: From Restoration to Regency -- 6. Commercial City: 1650-1800 -- 7. Culture City: Life under the Georges -- 8. Capitalism in the Capital: The Victorian Age -- 9. 'The Contagion of Numbers': The Building of the Victorian Capital 1820-1890 -- 10. Bumbledom? London's Politics 1800-1890 -- 11. Social Problems, Social Improvement: 1820-1890 -- 12. Victorian Life -- 13. 'A Fungus-Like Growth': Expansion 1890-1945 -- 14. Modern Growth, Modern Government: 1890-1945 -- 15. Swinging London, Dangling Economy: 1945-1975 -- 16. Thatcher's London -- 17. Conclusion: The London Marathon
Control code
31009693
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 431 pages
Isbn
9780674538382
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1642285

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