London

City of Cities

Phil Baker

London

Phil Baker

Distributed for Reaktion Books

256 pages | 60 color plates, 50 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $22.00 ISBN: 9781789142181 Will Publish June 2020 For sale in North and South America only
City of cities, the modern world’s first great metropolis, London has shaped everything from clothing to youth culture. It has a unique place in the world’s memory, even as its role has changed from the capital of the planet to its playground, and as its lived history has mutated into the heritage industry.
 
In this book, Londoner Phil Baker explores the city’s history and the London of today, balancing well-known major events with more curious and eccentric details. He reveals a city of almost unmatched historical density and richness. For Baker, London turns out to be Gothic in all senses of the word and enjoyably haunted by its own often bloody past. And despite extensive redevelopment, as he shows in this engaging and insightful book, some of the magic remains.
Contents
Prologue HISTORY 1 In the Land of the Dagenham Idol 2 Brutal but Golden 3 “All that life can afford” 4 City of Dreadful Delight 5 “Beacons of the future!” 6 Fit for Heroes 7 Losing the Peace 8 Jack the Hipster THE CITY TODAY 1 High-rise Buildings 2 Green Spaces 3 Highgate Gothic 4 Whitechapel Traces 5 Cabinets of Curiosity 6 Pubs and Bars LISTINGS Chronology Reading and Viewing Acknowledgments
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