London in the 19th century was the greatest city mankind had ever seen. Its wealth was dazzling. Its horrors shocked the world. As William Blake put it, London was "a Human awful wonder of God." It was a century of genius—of Blake, Thackeray, and Mayhew, of Nash, Faraday, Disraeli, and Dickens. Jerry White's dazzling book is the first in 100 years to explore London's history over the 19th century as a whole. We see the destruction of old London and the city's unparalleled suburban expansion. We see how London absorbed people from all over Britain, from Europe, and the Empire. We see how Londoners worked and played. Most of all, we see how they tried to make sense of their city and make it a better place in which to live. Emerging clearly from this eloquent and richly-detailed overview is the London we can see today.
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This dazzling new book explores London’s history in the Nineteenth century, from the destruction of old London and the unparalled suburban expansion, to its absorption of people from all over the world.
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Professor Jerry White teaches London history at Birkbeck, University of London. His London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People won the Wolfson History Prize in 2001 and his bestselling London in the Nineteenth Century was published to critical acclaim in 2007. His oral histories, Rothschild Buildings: Life in an East End Tenement Block 1887-1920 (which won the Jewish Chronicle non-fiction book prize in 1980) and Campbell Bunk: the Worst Street in North London Between the Wars, were reprinted by Pimlico in 2003. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the University of London in 2005 and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
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Book Description Vintage Books, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0712600302
Book Description Random House UK, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110712600302