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Bishopsgate Institute Podcast: London - The Story of a Great City

Uploaded 08/02/2012

No city can lay claim to a more dramatic history than London. Engulfed in calamities that seemed to mark its end - fire, plague, riot, civil war, mass bombing - from each crisis it has emerged stronger than ever. Its cultural life, and the long heritage that underpins it, has made London one of the most visited and best-loved places on Earth. In this talk Jerry White encapsulates the extraordinary rise of this great city from a remote outpost of Rome's northern empire, through the roll-call of great Londoners over the centuries, the endurance of its people in the face of disaster and war, the dark side of crime and mayhem to its innovations in enterprise and pleasure. Jerry White is Visiting Professor in London History at Birbeck, University of London. Previous publications include London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People, which won the Wolfson History Prize in 2001, and the bestselling London in the Nineteenth Century: A Human Awful Wonder of God. This event was organised in partnership with Newham Bookshop.

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