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Violent London: 2000 Years of Riots, Rebels and Revolts
by Clive Bloom
Almost as soon as it was built, London suffered the first of many acts of violent protest, when Boudica and her followers set fire to the city in AD 60. Ever since, the capital's streets have been a forum for popular insurrection. Covering nearly 2,000 years of political protest, this is a riveting alternative history of past and present conflict.
Paperback, 608 pages
Published October 15th 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published April 16th 2004)
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Sep 18, 2013 Lauren Albert rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
The book got stronger as I went. I couldn't make it out at the beginning--the chronology jumped a lot. But later, though Bloom does reference other periods, it doesn't get confusing. Keep in mind that this is not a book about violent crime but about (as the subtitle says) "riots, rebels and revolts."