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Book Review: London.

Readers interested in events in london will find this a well researched and superbly written book of historical synthesis, and those who want to understand the underpinnings of modern civilization (London was the first city in the world with a daily newspaper, and contained many fine theatres including the Globe where many of Shakespeare’s works were performed, legendary pubs, and fine cathedrals.

Authors provide a riveting account of London during these two crucial centuries that witnesses the city’s rise to worldwide prominence.

Regardless, the ascent was neither easy nor inevitable. It was helped by capable administrators, commerce, immigrants from European countries and other continents and covers the full range of life in London from the splendid galleries of Whitehall to the damp and sooty alleyways of the Eastend.

Cambridge University Press, the oldest university press with a charter granted in 1534, published its first book in 1584, and continues to publish scholarly books.

The institute’s bookstore in London is Britain’s oldest.

The experiences editors chose the best and most interesting manuscripts, and support authors in an attempt to create a book that represents lasting artistic and academic value.

The story of London is deeply human, and very colourful, involving a lot of gin, the misery it generated for the poorest of the poor. Devastating fires, terrible smells, and lots of sex, countless accounts of amazing lives and shabby deaths are also noted, and vividly described.

The text also explains the roots of some words still being used, the rise and fall of districts, the evolution of the media, and how banks evolved into what they are today.

This is an invaluable book for the history buff, and everyone with an interest in history in general. These two centuries were the most important of the city and the authors have accomplished a great feat by explaining it in straightforward language.

Highly recommended.

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