Political London : A Capital History
London's political history since Roman times, through to the upheavals of the 17th century, the emergence of local democracy, the reforms of the capital's government in the 18th and 19th centuries, then more upheaval in the 20th century.
Richard Tames contrasts the radicalism of areas such as Clerkenwell with the conservatism that had its roots in the gentlemen's clubs of the West End. He underlines the role of writers such as Dickens and Mayhew who exposed the abuses and limitations of government within the capital.
The book reviews defining moments in London's history such as famous strikes, Suffragettes, the Reform movement, and identifies key political figures.
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