A People's History of London

A People's History of London

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The forgotten history of London: the world capital of revolution

In the eyes of Britain’s heritage industry, London is the traditional home of empire, monarchy and power, an urban wonderland for the privileged, where the vast majority of Londoners feature only to applaud in the background.
Yet, for nearly 2000 years, the city has been a breeding ground for radical ideas, home to thinkers, heretics and rebels from John Wycliffe to Karl Marx. It has been the site of sometimes violent clashes that changed the course of history: the Levellers’ doomed struggle for liberty in the aftermath of the Civil War; the silk weavers, match girls and dockers who crusaded for workers’ rights; and the Battle of Cable Street, where East Enders took on Oswald Mosley’s Black Shirts.

A People’s History of London journeys to a city of pamphleteers, agitators, exiles and revolutionaries, where millions of people have struggled in obscurity to secure a better future.

Reviews

  • The history of London we have been waiting for, told with elegance and precision.

    Ken Loach
  • An irrepressible book about an irrepressible community.

    Zadie Smithfoyles
  • Those who continue to uphold London’s living traditions of protest will be able to take heart from this fresh and welcome look at the city’s history.

    Jerry WhiteGuardian