First published in 1989, this book seeks to demonstrate the social and political images of late-twentieth century London — the post-big-bang city, docklands, trade union defeats, a mounting north-south divide — do not mark as decisive break with the past as they may appear to. It argues that the most striking thing about London’s history since 1800 is the continuities and recurrences which punctuate it. The essays collected in this book focus on these themes and address important questions about class, nationality, sexual difference, and radical politics. They combine the established strengths of social history with more innovative approaches such as the history of representations.
List of illustrations; List of contributors; Introduction David Feldman and Gareth Stedman Jones; The social problem; 1 Jennings’ Buildings and the Royal Borough: The construction of the underclass in mid-Victorian England Jennifer Davis 2 The People’s Palace: An image for East London in the 1880s Deborah E.B. Weiner 3 The importance of being English: Jewish immigration and the decay of liberal England David Feldman 4 Free from chains? The image of women’s labour in London, 1900-20 Deborah Thom; Politics: visions and practices; 5 Radical clubs and London politics, 1870-1900 John Davis 6 ‘The millennium by return of post’: Reconsidering London Progressivism, 1889-1907 Susan Pennybacker 7 Popularism and proletarianism: Unemployment and Labour politics in London, 1918-34 James Gillespie 8 The suburban nation: Politics and class in Lewisham Tom Jeffery; Identities; 9 ‘Fierce questions and taunts’ Married life in working-class London, 1870-1914 Ellen Ross 10 Becoming a women in London in the 1920s and 1930s Sally Alexander 11 The ‘cockney’ and the nation, 1780-1988 Gareth Stedman Jones; Index
First published between 1975 and 1991, this set reissues 13 volumes that originally appeared as part of the History Workshop Series. This series of books, which grew out of the journal of the same name, advocated ‘history from below’ and examined numerous, often social, issues from the perspectives of ordinary people. In the words of founder Raphael Samuel, the aim was to turn historical research and writing into ‘a collaborative enterprise’, via public gatherings outside of a traditional academic setting, that could be used to support activism and social justice as well as informing politics.
Some of the topics examined in the set include: mineral workers, rural radicalism, and the lives and occupations of villagers in the nineteenth century; working class association; the development of left-wing workers theatre and the changing attitudes to mass culture across the twentieth century; the changing fortunes of the East End at the turn of the century; the position of women from the nineteenth century to the present; the miners’ strike of 1984-5; the social and political images of late-twentieth century London; and a three volume analysis of the myriad facets of English patriotism. This set will be of interest to students of history, sociology, gender and politics.