London: A Social History - A "New York Times" notable book 1995 (Hardback)
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London: A Social History - A "New York Times" notable book 1995 (Hardback)

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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 08/04/1998
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This is a one-volume history of the city of London from Roman times to the late-20th century. London grew from a backwater in the Classical age into an important medieval city, a significant Renaissance urban centre and a modern colossus.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674538399
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 220 x 142 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A rich and evocative portrayal of London's teeming life... A ny interested historian or educated tourist who wishes to come to London to form a personal opinion should buy Porter's wonderful evocation of this "most possible form of life." -- Martin Daunton "American Historical Review"
"London" deserves to be an instant classic. True London addicts will supplement it with the new edition of "The London Encyclopedia" by Ben Weinre G and Christopher Hibbert, which Porter rightly calls "truly magnificent," but for those looking for a one-volume social history of the city, Porter's book could hardly be bettered. -- Michael Elliott "Washington Post Book World"
This is much the best and bravest thing Porter has yet written. It is important because it makes the whole sweep of London's unique history comprehensible and accessible in a way that no previous writer has ever managed to accomplish...For cities, like nations, can only be understood in an historical perspective. It is that perspective which this book so brilliantly provides. In more senses than one, it is a capital history. -- David Cannadine "The Independent"
If you want to know how a great urban area developed, look no further than Roy Porter's exhaustive--but never exhausting--history of London...[An] excellent study.
and Christopher Hibbert, which Porter rightly calls "truly magnificent," but for those looking for a one-volume social history of the city, Porter's book could hardly be bettered.
Porter's aim, which he achieves splendidly, is to show the interaction between the city's people, its economy and the built environment...This truly fine book includes many excellent illustrations.
contexts...And, most happily, it is not ordinary, late-20th-century urban history, either, for it is acutely, indeed gracefully, written and it transcends the pettiness of scholars jamming facts into theories.
managed to accomplish...For cities, like nations, can only be understood in an historical perspective. It is that perspective which this book so brilliantly provides. In more senses than one, it is a capital history.
["London"] deserves to be an instant classic. True London addicts will supplement it with the new edition of "The London Encyclopedia" by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert, which Porter rightly calls "truly magnificent," but for those looking for a one-volume social history of the city, Porter's book could hardly be bettered.--Michael Elliott "Washington Post Book World "
Lavishly illustrated and handsomely produced for no more than the price of most basic hardbacks these days, "London" is a treat for all lovers of London.--James Bowman "Washington Times "
In his stunningly successful look at London between the Elizabeths, Roy Porter, a professor of medical history at University College, London, examines his home city not as some stretched-out cadaver but as a form evolving over time: sometimes a cancer, sometimes a monster, a heart, a stripling giant, an unknown disease, a fungus and also always a force, sometimes inorganic, a great tidal sea, a gravitational black hole, an imperial sun...History, not heritage, preoccupies Mr. Porter. His book makes no effort to chronicle the monuments of London building or rank masterpieces of architecture, although it puts coaching taverns and cathedrals into broader contexts...And, most happily, it is not ordinary, late-20th-century urban history, either, for it is acutely, indeed gracefully, written and it transcends the pettiness of scholars jamming facts into theories.--John R. Stilgoe "New York Times Book Review "
In this big book, London-born Roy Porter presents a social historian's guide to his native city. It is a great piling up of information and contemporary observation from the years that span the two Elizabeths. Porter's aim, which he achieves splendidly, is to show the interaction between the city's people, its economy and the built environment...This truly fine book includes many excellent illustrations.--Katherine A. Powers "Boston Sunday Globe "
This is much the best and bravest thing [Porter] has yet written. It is important because it makes the whole sweep of London's unique history comprehensible and accessible in a way that no previous writer has ever managed to accomplish...For cities, like nations, can only be understood in an historical perspective. It is that perspective which this book so brilliantly provides. In more senses than one, it is a capital history.--David Cannadine "The Independent "
[A] rich and evocative portrayal of London's teeming life...[A]ny interested historian or educated tourist who wishes to come to London to form a personal opinion should buy Porter's wonderful evocation of this "most possible form of life."--Martin Daunton "American Historical Review "

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