A Mighty Capital under Threat

The Environmental History of London, 1800-2000

Edited by two heavyweights of environmental history, this fascinating volume brings together work by many distinguished scholars. It details efforts to ameliorate experiences for the inhabitants of London since the late-eighteenth century. We are guided through the cholera years and the Great Stink, and into the twentieth century smog. Unlike the airs, waters and places described, the narrative is clear and refreshing.
Emily Cockayne, University of East Anglia, Norwich

Demographically, nineteenth-century London, or what Victorians called the “new Rome,” first equaled, then superseded its ancient ancestor. By the mid-eighteenth century, the British capital had already developed into a global city. Sustained by its enormous empire, between 1800 and the First World War London ballooned in population and land area. Nothing so vast had previously existed anywhere. A Mighty Capital under Threat investigates the environmental history of one of the world’s global cities and the largest city in the United Kingdom—London. Contributors cover the feeding of London, waste management, movement between the city’s numerous districts, and the making and shaping of the environmental sciences in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

288 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

March, 2020

isbn : 9780822946106

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Bill Luckin

Bill Luckin

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Peter Thorsheim

Peter Thorsheim

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