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Beyond the Tower: A History of East London
From Jewish clothing merchants to Bangladeshi curry houses, ancient docks to the 2012 Olympics, the area east of the City has always played a crucial role in London's history. The East End, as it has been known, was the home to Shakespeare's first theater and to the early stirrings of a mass labor movement; it has also traditionally been seen as a place of darkness and ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Yale University Press
(first published October 1st 2011)
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For a person like me, who is not entirely familiar with the scenes of London or the nuances of British history, this wealth of information actually enriches my reading experience. The author presents very detailed accounts of the changes over time in East End of London, guiding us through the legacy of Industrial Revolution, religious tolerance, immigration, modernism and imperialism by telling the story of what happened in this intriguingly small piece of land (compared to the entire British ...more
Very readable. For anyone interested in this area of London a very good overall view of its history. I liked it especially as the great majority of the accounts are connected to social history, which I did not get much information about at school. This book also showed a rather disappointing outlook on life: all that changes is the same as the French saying goes ( plus ca change c'est la même chose) The causes of the current recession are nothing new; time and time again - also in East London - ...more
Sep 07, 2016 Barry H. Wiley rated it really liked it
I read this book as part of my research background for my historical novel in-progress, Jack and the Thought Reader, where Jack is, of course, the Ripper. The East End of London was a planet apart from the moneyed West Side, with the regular influx of new immigrants searching for a better life, only to move on with the next wave closely following. The stories from Whitechapel, Lime House, Spitalfields, and other notorious locations th at appear in novels over the last 150 years or so take on a ...more