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Author Bucholz, R. O., 1958-

Title London : a social and cultural history, 1550-1750 / Robert O. Bucholz, Joseph P. Ward

Publisher New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012


 McDonald 3rd Floor  HN398.L7 B83 2012    AVAILABLE
Call # HN398.L7 B83 2012
Descript xvi, 413 p., [48] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
"Between 1550 and 1750 London became the greatest city in Europe and one of the most vibrant economic and cultural centres in the world. This book is a history of London during this crucial period in its rise to world-wide prominence, during which it dominated the economic, political, social and cultural life of the British Isles. London incorporates the best recent work in urban history, contemporary accounts from Londoners and tourists, and fictional works featuring the city in order to trace London's rise and explore its role as a harbinger of modernity, while examining how its citizens coped with those achievements. London covers the full range of life in London, from the splendid galleries of Whitehall to the damp and sooty alleyways of the East End. Readers will brave the dangers of plague and fire, witness the spectacles of the Lord Mayor's Pageant and the hangings at Tyburn, and take refreshment in the city's pleasure-gardens, coffee-houses and taverns"-- Provided by publisher
"Our contemplation of London must begin, as London began, at the river. The River Thames is a slow moving and rather murky body of water, flowing west to east, about a quarter to an eighth of a mile wide as it passes through the city. To this day, the sinewy thread of the Thames is London's most notable topographical feature, the curving line around which the metropolis orientates itself. As we have seen, this was not by chance. The Romans founded London in imitation of their own great capital city so that London, like Rome, sits on its river at exactly the spot where it narrows enough to bridge (see Map 1). That confluence of west-east river and south-north bridge made London both a military choke-point and an economic funnel long before our arrival sometime in 1550"-- Provided by publisher
Contents Introduction: London's importance -- London in 1550 -- The socioeconomic base -- Royal and civic London -- Fine and performed arts -- The public sphere and popular culture -- The people on the margins -- Riot and rebellion -- Plague and fire -- Conclusion: London in 1750
Subject London (England) -- Social conditions
London (England) -- Social life and customs
London (England) -- Economic conditions
London (England) -- Civilization
Civilization. fast (OCoLC)fst00862898
Economic history. fast (OCoLC)fst00901974
Manners and customs. fast (OCoLC)fst01007815
Social history. fast (OCoLC)fst01122498
England -- London. fast (OCoLC)fst01204271
Add Author Ward, Joseph P., 1965-