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A Short History of London: The Creation of a World Capital (Hardback)
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A Short History of London: The Creation of a World Capital (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 10/10/2019
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Tracing a path through the capital from prehistory to the London Olympics, Jenkins breezy and accessible volume tells an enthralling story of expansion, progress and hubris played out either side of the River Thames. Perceptive and engaging, A Short History of London is a marvel of popular history.

London: a settlement founded by the Romans, occupied by the Saxons, conquered by the Danes and ruled by the Normans. This unremarkable place - not even included in the Domesday Book - became a medieval maze of alleys and courtyards, later to be chequered with grand estates of Georgian splendour. It swelled with industry and became the centre of the largest empire in history. And rising from the rubble of the Blitz, it is now one of the greatest cities in the world.

From the prehistoric occupants of the Thames Valley to the preoccupied commuters of today, Simon Jenkins brings together the key events, individuals and trends in London's history to create a matchless portrait of the capital. He masterfully explains the battles behind the way London was conceived and built - and especially the perennial conflict between money and power.

Based in part on his experiences of and involvement in the events that shaped the post-war city, and with his trademark colour and authority, he shows above all how London has taken shape over more than two thousand years. Fascinating for locals and visitors alike, this is narrative history at its finest, from the most ardent protector of our heritage.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241369982
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 678 g
Dimensions: 220 x 162 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'An accessible history that is ... efficient, clear and readable.' - The Observer

'Extremely informative and witty.' - Roy Porter, author of London: A Social History, on Landlords to London

'A handsome book ... full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought.' - Michael Wood, New Statesman on A Short History of England 

'Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book for Christmas...I can imagine no better companion on a voyage across England.' - Max Hastings, Daily Telegraph on England's Thousand Best Houses 

'A short, invigorating gallop over two and a half thousand years.' - Allan Massie, Scotsman on A Short History of Europe 

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“Short but perfectly to the point”

London is such a fascinating city. I love the old and new melded together and continuously ask myself why and how.

Jenkins goes someway to satisfy my curiosity by building up in vivid layers from 43AD to the present... More

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