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Dimensions:
216 × 138 mm
256 pages
Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9781789142181
Illustrations:
110 illustrations, 60 in colour
Published:
15 Jun 2020
Series:
Cityscopes
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London City of Cities Phil Baker

City of cities, the modern world’s first great metropolis, London has shaped everything from clothing to youth culture. It has a unique place in the world’s memory, even as its role has changed from the capital of the planet to its playground, and as its lived history has mutated into the heritage industry.

Londoner Phil Baker explores the city’s history, and the London of today, balancing well-known major events with more curious and eccentric details. He reveals a city of almost unmatched historical density and richness. For Baker, London turns out to be Gothic in all senses of the word, enjoyably haunted by its own often bloody past. And despite extensive redevelopment, as he shows in this engaging and insightful book, some of the magic remains.

Phil Baker's previous books include a critical study of Samuel Beckett and a cultural history of absinthe. He lives in London and walks everywhere.

Prologue

HISTORY
1 In the Land of the Dagenham Idol
2 Brutal but Golden
3 “All that life can afford”
4 City of Dreadful Delight
5 “Beacons of the future!”
6 Fit for Heroes
7 Losing the Peace
8 Jack the Hipster

THE CITY TODAY
1 High-rise Buildings
2 Green Spaces
3 Highgate Gothic
4 Whitechapel Traces
5 Cabinets of Curiosity
6 Pubs and Bars

LISTINGS

Chronology
Reading and Viewing
Acknowledgments