London in the Eighteenth Century by Jerry White

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...telling detail that sticks in the mind, that conjures up an entire lost world, and that Jerry White uses time and again to animate his wonderful panorama.
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The story of an extraordinary century in the history of London.
 
By 1700, after half a century of relentless expansion, London had overtaken Paris to become the largest -- if disputably the finest -- city in Europe. A striking feature of this monster city in 1700 was its newness. In September 1666 some three-fifths of the City of London had been destroyed in the Great Fire. The losses were immense -- 13,200 houses were burnt to the ground and so were most of the great public buildings, including St. Paul's Cathedral.
 
London in the Eighteenth Century details the growth of the city and urban change; the make-up of the Londoner from home and abroad; ways of earning a living from banking to begging; the public pleasures of London and the crime and prostitution that accompanied them; the tightening sinews of power and discipline; and the hesitant beginnings of London democracy.
 

About Jerry White

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JERRY WHITE has been writing about London for thirty years. His London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People""won the Wolfson History Prize for 2001. His oral histories Rothschild Buildings: Life in an East End Tenement Block 1887-1920""(which won the Jewish Chronicle non-fiction book prize for 1980), and Campbell Bunk: the Worst Street in North London Between the Wars, were reprinted by Pimlico in 2003. He is Visiting Professor in London Studies at Birkbeck and in 2005 was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the University of London.
 
Published April 9, 2012 by Bodley Head. 480 pages
Genres: History, Travel.
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Excellent
Reviewed by Faramerz Dabhoiwala on Apr 20 2012

...telling detail that sticks in the mind, that conjures up an entire lost world, and that Jerry White uses time and again to animate his wonderful panorama.

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Above average
Reviewed by Robert McCrum on Mar 24 2012

Much of this book reads like an animated Hogarth cartoon. But he has uncovered a wealth of evidence to sustain a portrait of a society revelling in money and pleasure in ways that recall the excesses of the 1980s.

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