A People's History of London [NOOK Book]

Overview

In the eyes of Britain’s heritage industry, London is the traditional home of empire, monarchy and power, an urban wonderland for the privileged, where the vast majority of Londoners feature only to applaud in the background.

Yet, for nearly 2000 years, the city has been a breeding ground for radical ideas, home to thinkers, heretics and rebels from John Wycliffe to Karl Marx. It has been the site of sometimes violent clashes that changed the ...
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A People's History of London

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Overview

In the eyes of Britain’s heritage industry, London is the traditional home of empire, monarchy and power, an urban wonderland for the privileged, where the vast majority of Londoners feature only to applaud in the background.

Yet, for nearly 2000 years, the city has been a breeding ground for radical ideas, home to thinkers, heretics and rebels from John Wycliffe to Karl Marx. It has been the site of sometimes violent clashes that changed the course of history: the Levellers’ doomed struggle for liberty in the aftermath of the Civil War; the silk weavers, match girls and dockers who crusaded for workers’ rights; and the Battle of Cable Street, where East Enders took on Oswald Mosley’s Black Shirts.

A People’s History of London journeys to a city of pamphleteers, agitators, exiles and revolutionaries, where millions of people have struggled in obscurity to secure a better future.
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Editorial Reviews

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“The history of London we have been waiting for, told with elegance and precision.”—Ken Loach

“An irrepressible book about an irrepressible community.”—Zadie Smith, foyles

“Those who continue to uphold London’s living traditions of protest will be able to take heart from this fresh and welcome look at the city’s history.”—Jerry White, Guardian

“It’s the suffragists, silk weavers, militant match girls, Brick Lane anarchists, Tom Paine, William Morris and Karl Marx that make London interesting—then and now the great cauldron of radical ideas and action.”—John Nichols, The Nation

“A timely reminder that there is a very different side to London, every bit as energetic and exciting in its way”—Scotsman

“An inspiring history of radical activism, and this chronicle of these heroes who stood shoulder to shoulder is a timely reminder.”—Dan Carrier, Camden New Journal

“A fascinating tale of activism (and sometimes success) by such groups as the disenfranchised, those oppressed because of gender or race, and those whose lives developers have upended....Recommended.”—CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844679140
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 324
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Lindsey German is a socialist writer and activist who has lived in London all her life. She is convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, stood as candidate for Mayor of London and has written books on women’s liberation, class, and war.

John Rees is a writer, broadcaster and activist. His books include The Algebra of Revolution and Imperialism and Resistance. He is the writer and presenter of the Timeline TV series, a member of the editorial board of the online magazine Counterfire, and co-founder of the Stop the War Coalition.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction 1

1 Origins 13

2 Lords, Lollards, Heretics and Peasants in Revolt 20

3 'The Head and Fountain of Rebellion' 45

4 Old Corruption and the Mob That Can Read 68

5 Reformers and Revolutionaries 99

6 Union City 129

7 Things Fall Apart 153

8 The Strike and the Slump 183

9 London's Burning 208

10 Migrant City 232

11 Welcome to the Modern World 253

12 Neoliberal London 284

Bibliography 299

Index 305

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