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ABrief History of London

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JEREMY BLACK is one of the country's most respected historians. Andrew Roberts described him as t... Read More

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JEREMY BLACK is one of the country's most respected historians. Andrew Roberts described him as the 'most underrated thinker in Britain'. He is a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange and Emeritus Professor of History at Exeter University and a renowned expert on the history of war. He appears regularly on TV and radio. His other books include Maps and History, The British Seaborne Empire and Rethinking World War Two.

As the United Kingdom left the European Union, during a period of international and domestic turmoil, London found itself at a turning point. This critical moment presents an opportunity to look back, with a distinctive perspective, a focus on London in its national and, perhaps even more importantly, its international contexts, rather than on the city itself in isolation.

It is the interactions of London that Black considers, and he does so in order to address the question as to why London became the foremost international city, how it sustained that position, and what its future holds.

The book is as much about economics and culture as it is about politics and society. It deals with migration, communications, empire and cultural energy, rather than the mechanisms of parish vestries. London's earlier period is covered, but the principal focus is on the last half millennium, the period during which London became a major trader with the trans-oceanic world, and the ruler of trans-oceanic colonies, while the English language became an increasingly important cultural medium, one centred on London.

The book includes plentiful literary references, quotations from visitors, and boxes covering discrete topics, such as Jack the Ripper.

A brilliantly concise history of London, with a distinctive perspective focusing on the city in its national and, more importantly, international contexts, rather than London itself. Why did London become the foremost international city, how did it sustain that position, and what is happening to it now?Praise for Jeremy Black's The Holocaust: A demanding but important work.Praise for Jeremy Black's Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: A Global History: A significant and timely contribution to understanding the new meaning of war.

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Title: ABrief History of London
Author: Jeremy Black
SKU: BK0458503
EAN: 9781472146717
Language: English

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JEREMY BLACK is one of the country's most respected historians. Andrew Roberts described him as the 'most underrated thinker in Britain'. He is a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange and Emeritus Professor of History at Exeter University and a renowned expert on the history of war. He appears regularly on TV and radio. His other books include Maps and History, The British Seaborne Empire and Rethinking World War Two.

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