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216 × 138 × 30 mm
384 pages
01 Oct 2012

London from Punk to Blair Revised Second Edition Andrew Gibson, Joe Kerr

From galleries to clubs, pubs to Tube stations, crap weather to pigeon crap, London from Punk to Blair is a brilliant anthology of personal and subjective readings of the capital since the late 1970s, which takes on London like no other book has before.

‘this re-release of a noughties classic will show you the gritty undercover aspects of our great capital city. It offers an awesome selection of essays that take you on a journey from London in the 1970s to the present day.’ — Loaded

‘the essays in this volume try to make sense of this ancient, beguiling city. In more than 30 articles, writers eloquently explore what it was like to be in London in the dying years of the last century.’ — The Guardian

‘this volume of essays is full of insight into the diverse experiences that constitute the recent history of London.’ — ArchitectsJournal

‘This rewarding collection of thirty-four essays . . . brings into clear focus those dramatic shifts in the fortunes of the metropolis . . . in a cover-to-cover reading gives a satisfying sequence of perceptions which slowly build on each other . . . beautiful revealing insights into particular ways of understanding and using the city.’ — London Society Journal

‘Read this fascinating glimpse of our capitals recent past by all means. Let it do as it promises and open your eyes to parts of the city you have never seen before.’ — Diplomat Magazine

‘The introduction is a powerful evocation of changing London through the past 25 years. Co-editor Joe Kerr is a great writer . . . there is plenty for every taste. The fun is in the discovery of new and rediscovery of old alike.’ — Building Design

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Andrew Gibson is Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Ulysses (2002), Samuel Beckett(Reaktion, 2010). He is coeditor of Reaktion's London from Punk to Blair and the author of Joyce's Revenge: History, Politics and Aesthetics in Ulysses and James Joyce, the latter also published by Reaktion.

Joe Kerr is Head of Programme in the Department of Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art, London, and co-editor of Autopia (Reaktion, 2002) and London from Punk to Blair (Reaktion, 2003).

Introduction: The Idea of Monarchy
1. Asian Archetypes: Chinese Absolutism and Japanese Symbolism
2. Monarchy without Manuscripts: Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas
3. Theocratic Monarchy: Byzantium and the Islamic Lands
4. The European Anomaly, 1000-1500
5. Monarchy and European Hegemony, 1500-1914
6. Endings and Remnants: Monarchy in the Twentieth Century
7. Monarchy and the State in the Twenty-First Century