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London,1870-1914 : a city at its zenith / Andrew Saint

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Saint, Andrew, author.
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London, UK : Lund Humphries, 2021.
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231 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
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Includes bibliographic references (pages 214-219) and index.
This book conveys the excitement, diversity and richness of London at a time when the city was arguably at the height of its power, uniqueness and attraction. Balancing the social, the topographical and the visible aspects of the great city, author Andrew Saint uses buildings, architecture, literature and art as a way into understanding social and historical phenomena. 0While many volumes on Victorian London focus on poverty (an issue which is included in this book), the author here provides a broader picture of life in the city. It is enlivened with a rich line-up of colourful characters, including Baron Albert Grant; Henry Mayers Hyndman and his connections with Karl Marx, William Morris and George Bernard Shaw; John Burns; Octavia Hill; Aubrey Beardsley and the artistic bohemians; Alfred Harmsworth and the Garrett sisters, and includes insightful quotes on London by esteemed authors such as Trollope, Henry James and Rudyard Kipling.0Divided into four long chapters, each dealing with a decade, London's evolution between 1870 and 1914 comes across clearly. Although not intended to be a complete history, it does cover all the most important historical developments in London and London life. Particular issues are allotted to the decade in which they seem to have been most critical. Topics covered include: the creation of new neighbourhoods and roads; how the Victorians dealt with their housing crisis; why certain architectural styles were preferred; and the fashion for focusing on certain types of building, such as ice rinks, schools, houses, hospitals, fire stations, exhibition halls, water works, music halls, recital rooms and pubs.
Architecture and society -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
Architecture and society -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
London (England) -- History -- 19th century.
London (England) -- History -- 19th century -- Pictorial works.
London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
London (England) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Architecture and society. (OCoLC)fst00813574
Buildings. (OCoLC)fst00840962
Manners and customs. (OCoLC)fst01007815
England -- London. (OCoLC)fst01204271
Chronological Term
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Pictorial works. (OCoLC)fst01423874
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