London

London

A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World

DVD - 2009
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No city has had as powerful and as enduring an impact on Western civilization as London. Throughout its vast and riveting history, London was the capital of a powerful empire that covered one-fifth of the world's landmass and one-quarter of its population; was the headquarters of a constitutional monarchy with more elements of democracy and popular participation than any Western country before the United States; was the economic center of Europe both during and after the Industrial Revolution, serving as its financial center, its banking center, and its largest port; spearheaded innovative modern solutions (including public institutions and municipal police forces) to universal human ills such as crime, disease, and poverty; was the site of historical political movements that led to wider government reform, including the fight for women's suffrage; was the home to some of history's greatest individuals, including William Shakespeare, Queen Victoria, and Winston Churchill; and served as the last bastion of freedom in Europe against the onslaught of the Nazis in World War II. London's greatness continues to this day. The city stands as a global metropolitan center and continues to be synonymous with important developments in international business, culture, and politics.
Publisher: Chantilly, Va. : Teaching Co., c2009.
ISBN: 9781598035292
1598035290
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 720 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bucholz, R. O. 1958-
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Sandee
Jan 13, 2014

This Great Courses DVD package of four discs provides 24 lectures -- starting with pre-roman and roman London (e.g. the name london is thought to have come from a Celtic word for "wild") and ending with postwar London (including the 1960s and Millennial London). Each 30 minute lecture includes lots of interesting details and is well presented.

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coalbanks
Jul 23, 2012

Presenter brings to life the people and times from Roman Britain to the days of Pepys, plague and fire.

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Bopuppy
Jul 14, 2011

An informative series of lectures by a professor who is clearly a genuine London enthusiast. His delivery is often rather irritatingly overdramatic but he's well turned out and gets full marks for effort. He's certainly a lot more animated and intersting than the old dry-as-toast history profs. I had in my day. He also knows his stuff. Recommended.

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