1st Edition

An Economic History of London 1800-1914

ISBN 9780415406406
Published May 29, 2001 by Routledge
484 Pages

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Book Description

In 1800 London was already the largest city in the world, and over the course of the next century its population grew rapidly, reaching over seven million by 1914. Historians have often depicted London after the Industrial Revolution as an industrial backwater that declined into the mass exploitation of labour through 'sweating', dominated by City and merchant interests. This book instead argues that London was a centre of nineteenth-century British economic growth. Modern economic theories of cities are used to explain the causes of metropolitan economic development, and emphasis is placed on the changing role of the metropolis within Britain and the wider world economy.

Individual chapters comprehensively survey a wide variety of topics including:

  • population and migration
  • standards of living
  • employment and industry
  • changes in retailing and leisure
  • social welfare and local government
  • post and telecommunications.

The evolution of London did not occur on purely free market terms - the supply of urban services is an important component of metropolitan history, particularly in the changing relationship between government and private endeavour. This fascinating history of a remarkable city will appeal to a wide audience from amateur to specialist interests in economics, history, urban studies and geography.

Table of Contents

Part I: Economics and Urban History  1. This City   2. Economic Theory and London's History  Part II: London's Economy and People  3. Population and Migration  4. Work and Industry  5. Wealth, Living Standards and Poverty  Part III: The Transformation of London  6. Retailing and the New Mass Market  7. Leisure and Pleasure  8. Suburbanisation and Housing  Part IV: Infrastructure  9. To and From the Capital  10. Moving Round London  11. Utilities, Communications and Markets  Part V: Industrial and Commercial Change  12. Manufacturing  13. Domestic, Professional and Clerical Services  14. Financial Services and the City  Part VI: Welfare and Government  15. Welfare and Social Policy  16. The Government of London  Part VII: An Assessment  17. Conclusions

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