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Violent London : 2000 Years of Riots, Rebels and Revolts - C. Bloom

Violent London

2000 Years of Riots, Rebels and Revolts

By: C. Bloom

Paperback Published: 8th September 2010
ISBN: 9780230275591
Number Of Pages: 577

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The complex and fascinating nature of London has provided fertile ground for bestselling social histories by writers like Roy Porter and Peter Ackroyd. For the first time a book explores the capital's secret history - the underground world of radicals and subversives from Boudicca and Wat Tyler to the anti-globalization riots of the Chartists, Suffragettes, Mosleyites and IRA. Violent London is an account of political activism expressed in street fighting and slum warfare, assassinations and bombings. The main characters are demagogues and democrats, lunatics and libertarians, bigots and social revolutionaries. The story traces the growth of London as a capital adn as a major city, following the people who live, work, demonstrate, fight and die in its violent byways. With its strong characters and dramatic narrative, Violent London is a riveting examination of past and present conflict, revealing a hidden thread in London's living history.

About the Author

CLIVE BLOOM is Emeritus Professor of English and American Studies at Middlesex University, UK. Widely published and Series Editor of Palgrave Macmillan's Crime Files series, he is the author of Literature, Politics and Intellectual Crisis in Britain Today (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000) and Cult Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan 1996), amongst many other titles.

'This isn't just a history of riots and revolts: because each disturbance has to be placed in context, this is a political history which is made all the more interesting because it concentrates on the flashpoints, and the events which caused them. ' - The Guardian

' [an] ambitious and erudite chronicle of protest in the capital assiduously researched...' - The Times

'Clive Bloom's rigorous examination and analysis of radical protest in the UK throughout the ages stretches across 600-odd pages, and justifies every word. Acts of violent rebellion in the distant past are discussed, with their relevance to modern times cleverly pointed up, and Bloom colourfully evokes insurrections from AD 60 onwards. Little wonder, in fact, that JG Ballard was generous in his praise for an earlier edition of the book.' Barry Forshaw, The Good Book Guide

Reviews of 1st edition (Pan):

'An exhilarating rush through countless riots, insurrections and full-blown street wars...written in a racy and accessible style...As I read this superb history, I looked out at my quiet suburban garden, disappointed not to hear the sound of trumpets.' - J. G Ballard, Daily Telegraph

'A breathless but exhilarating journey from Boudica to such recent events as the aftermath of September 11th and the march of the Countryside Alliance, Bloom's viewpoint is nicely balanced, critical of government and especially of the police, but not unreasonably so, and not too passionately keen that the rebels should win every time.' - Times Literary Supplement

'Seamless, full of information, connections and insights.' - Juliet Gardiner, BBC History Magazine

' [A] masterful study.' - Max Dunbar, 3: AM Magazine

'Clive Bloom's rigorous examination and analysis of radical protest in the UK throughout the ages stretches across 600-odd pages, and justifies every word. Acts of violent rebellion in the distant past are discussed, with their relevance to modern times cleverly pointed up, and Bloom colourfully evokes insurrections from AD 60 onwards. Little wonder, in fact, that JG Ballard was generous in his praise for an earlier edition of the book. Violent London is a thoroughgoing literary exploration of London's 'secret' history, from the world of radicals and subversives (including Wat Tyler to the Anti-Globalization Movement via the Gordon Riots, the Cato Street Conspirators, the Suffragettes, Mosleyites and the IRA)'. - Barry Forshaw, Good Book Guide

List of Illustrations
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1 A Desolation they called Peace: The Destruction of London in A.D. 60 1
2 'Offence - A Londoner': The Peasants' Revolt to Evil May Day 19
3 'We'll no need the Papists noo!': Criminalizing Catholics from the Babington Plot to Guy Fawkes 32
4 Free-Born John: Levellers, Fifth Monarchy Men and the Peace Women 51
5 Murderous Fantasies: The Great Fire to the Popish Plot 77
6 George's War: From the Jacobites to the Gordon Riots 108
7 The Ape-Like Irish: The Aftermath of the Gordon Riots, the Catholic Emancipation Act and the Garibaldi Riots 133
8 'Wilkes and Liberty': The Political Riot 148
9 The United States of England: The English Jacobins to the Cato Street Conspirators 175
10 Monster Rallies: The War with the Chartists, the 'Sally Army' and the Rebellious Schoolchildren of London 19รค
11 Persecuting Pigeons: Trafalgar Square and Bloody Sunday 225
12 'Good Old Dynamite': London's War with the Bombers 239
13 Women Behaving Badly: The Suffragettes 269
14 Huns and Hashish: The Yellow Peril to the German Pogrom 287
15 Comrades All: Red London to Red Ken 298
16 Brave Boys of the BUF: The Origins of London Fascism 313
17 Not Quite Kosher: The Jews of London, Jeffrey Hamm and the Return of Oswald Mosley 345
18 Alien Nation: Indian Assassins and Black Radicals 363
19 The Tiber Flowing with Much Blood: Enoch Powell, Notting Hill and Hackney 377
20 Like Rorke's Drift: Hackney, Brick Lane and Lewisham 393
21 Anarchy in the UK: Private Armies, Vigilantes and the New Cross Fire 407
22 Living on the Front Line: Brixton to Broadwater Farm; the Stephen Lawrence Case to the Soho Bomber 428
23 One, Two, Three, What Are We Fighting For?: Grosvenor Square to Moon at the Monarchy 2000 457
24 Back to the Future: Poll Tax Rebels and Tenant Strikers 481
25 The Free Republic of Wanstonia: The Fight for London's Green Spaces 496
26 Never Underestimate a Minority: Guerrilla Gardeners and the Countryside Alliance 512
Epilogue: Watching the River Flow: Surveillance and Terror 523
App. 1 Shadow of a Warrior Queen: Boudicca and the Destruction of London: Unanswered Questions 529
App. 2 The Huguenot and Italian Legacy 540
App. 3 Assassination Attempts on the Royal Family 544
Notes 549
Index 565

ISBN: 9780230275591
ISBN-10: 0230275591
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 577
Published: 8th September 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.56 x 12.95  x 4.32
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1