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Title The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939 1945
Author London Metropolitan Archives
Release 2015-07-30
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780500518250
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

The attack on London between 1939 and 1945 is one of the most significant events in the city's modern history, the impact of which can still be seen in its urban and social landscapes. As a key record of the attack, the London County Council Bomb Damage Maps represent destruction on a huge scale, recording buildings and streets reduced to smoke and rubble. The full set of maps is made up of 110 hand-coloured 1:2500 Ordnance Survey base sheets originally published in 1916 but updated by the LCC to 1940. Because they use the 1916 map, they give us a glimpse of a 'lost London', before post-war redevelopment schemes began to shape the modern city. The colouring applied to the maps records a scale of damage to London's built environment during the war - the most detailed and complete survey of destruction caused by the aerial bombardment. A clear and fascinating introduction by expert Laurence Ward sets the maps in the full historical context of the events that gave rise to them, supported by archival photographs and tables of often grim statistics.

The Thames at War by Gustav Milne

Title The Thames at War
Author Gustav Milne
Publisher Pen and Sword History
Release 2020-04-30
Category History
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1526768054
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Between 1940 and 1945 London suffered 101 daylight and 253 nighttime air raids from the Luftwaffe and V1 and V2’s. There were 80,000 fatalities or serious injuries and appalling devastation. Well documented as these horrific events are, there was another major threat – the all too real possibility of widespread flooding whenever the Nazi onslaught breached the Thames’ river defenses. This superbly researched and illustrated book describes the vital role and unsung achievements of the London County Council emergency repair teams ably led by Chief Engineer Thomas Peirson Frank. Three rapid response units were formed and, in the event, undertook repairs to over 100 breaches of the flood defenses, thus saving the Capital from drowning. We also learn of the fate of London’s docks and bridges and of the ships, boats and barges lost in the estuary and tideway. This fascinating account has been compiled by the Thames Discovery Programme team and, 80 years on, pays tribute to the noncombatants who kept the major port running and saved London.

Title The Battle of London 1939 45
Author Jerry White
Publisher Random House
Release 2021-11-04
Category History
Total Pages 448
ISBN 1448191807
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

The definitive social history of London in the Blitz, which transformed life in the capital beyond recognition. For Londoners the six long years of the Second World War were a time of almost constant anxiety, disruption, deprivation and sacrifice. The Blitz began in earnest in September 1940 and from then on, for prolonged periods, London was under sustained aerial bombardment by night and by day. Throughout the war, the capital was the nation's front line; by its end, 30,000 Londoners had lost their lives. Yet if the bombing defined the era for those who lived through it, the months of terror were outnumbered by those spent knitting together the fabric of daily life at work, in the home, on the allotment, in the cinema or theatre and, not least, standing in those interminable queues for daily necessities that were such a feature of London's war. Much has been written about 'the Myth of the Blitz' but in this riveting social history, Jerry White has unearthed what actually happened during those tempestuous years, getting close up to the daily lives of ordinary people, telling the story through their own voices. At the end of it all, the Battle of London was won not on the playing fields of Eton but in the playgrounds of a thousand council elementary schools across the capital.

Londons East End by Jonathan Oates

Title Londons East End
Author Jonathan Oates
Publisher Pen and Sword
Release 2018-05-30
Category Social Science
Total Pages 192
ISBN 152672412X
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

The East End is one of the most famous parts of London and it has had its own distinctive identity since the district was first settled in medieval times. It is best known for extremes of poverty and deprivation, for strong political and social movements, and for the extraordinary mix of immigrants who have shaped its history. Jonathan Oatess handbook is the ideal guide to its complex, rich and varied story and it is an essential source for anyone who wants to find out about an East End ancestor or carry out their own research into the area.He outlines in vivid detail the development of the neighbourhoods that constitute the East End. In a series of information-filled chapters, he explores East End industries and employment the docks, warehouses, factories, markets and shops. He looks at its historic poverty and describes how it gained a reputation for criminality, partly because of notorious criminals like Jack the Ripper and the Krays. This dark side to the history contrasts with the liveliness of the East End entertainments and the strong social bonds of the immigrants who made their home there Huguenots, Jews, Bangladeshis and many others.Throughout the book details are given of the records that researchers can consult in order to delve into the history for themselves online sites, archives, libraries, books and museums.

A Map of the Damage by Sophia Tobin

Title A Map of the Damage
Author Sophia Tobin
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release 2019-09-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 1471151670
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Already a Sunday Times bestselling author with her first novel, A Map of the Damage confirms Sophia Tobin as a rising star. This is stunning historical fiction for fans of Tracy Chevalier. London, 1941. Livy makes her way through Blitz-torn London to the Mirrormakers’ Club, the only place that makes her feels safe, where she finds herself drawn into the mystery of a missing diamond, and torn between two men with competing claims on her. London, 1841. Charlotte is helped from the scene of an accident by a man who shows her a building he is working on, and whose kindness unlocks a hope she has long kept buried. But that man is not her husband. Two women, a century apart, united by one place: the Mirrormakers’ Club. A building which holds echoes of past loves and hates, and hides the darkest of secrets in its foundations. Praise for A Map of the Damage ‘A beguiling tale of love and loss’ The Times ‘Instantly gripping, this novel holds you in its spell from first to last… I simply could not stop reading. Exceptional storytelling, full of heart, wisdom and passion. Unmissable’ Antonia Hodgson, author of The Devil in the Marshalsea 'A wondrous, captivating novel… with depth, beguiling characters, and an enthralling, racing story… a triumph' Kate Mayfield, author of The Parentations 'I found myself completely drawn into a world of creative obsession, dramatic romance, and a breathless quest for the truth. Sophia Tobin’s masterful storytelling kept me hooked throughout… a real pleasure to read' Sophie Hardach, author of Confession with Blue Horses 'Sophia Tobin uses her beguiling creation, the Mirrormakers’ Club… to unite a vivid cast of characters from two eras. All are engaged in trying to solve a mystery that - with wonderful ingenuity on the part of the author - will finally be fully revealed only to the reader' Miranda France Praise for The Vanishing ‘Undeniably page-turning’ Mail on Sunday 'Think Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre, but ten times darker, and you have The Vanishing… as dark and eerie and gothic as the Yorkshire Moors it is set on. One to curl up by the fire with on a windy night’ Stylist ‘Entertaining’ The Times ‘Vivid, absorbing and wonderfully gothic, with shades of Sarah Waters and Emily and Charlotte Brontë’ Kate Riordan ‘Atmosphere aplenty and some real surprises’ Daily Mail ‘Echoes Wuthering Heights with its setting and sense of intrigue’ Red ‘A vivid sense of the period… which stays with the reader long after the final page’ the i

The Blitz and its Legacy by Peter J. Larkham

Title The Blitz and its Legacy
Author Peter J. Larkham
Publisher Routledge
Release 2016-12-05
Category Political Science
Total Pages 220
ISBN 1351893890
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Triggered in part by contemporary experiences in the Balkans, the Middle East and elsewhere, there has been a rise in interest in the blitz and the subsequent reconstruction of cities, especially as many of the buildings and areas rebuilt after the Second World War are now facing demolition and reconstruction in their turn. Drawing together leading scholars and new researchers from across the fields of planning, history, architecture and geography, this volume presents an historical and cultural commentary on the immediate and longer-term impacts of wartime destruction. The book's contents in 14 chapters cover the spread of themes from experiencing the war to reconstruction and its experiences; and although many chapters draw upon the UK experience, there is deliberate inclusion of some material from mainland Europe and Japan to emphasise that the experiences, processes and products are not London-specific. A comparative book tracing destruction to reconstruction is a relative rarity, and yet of the utmost importance in possessing wider relevance to post-disaster reconstructions. The Blitz and Its Legacy is a fascinating volume which includes war experiences of destruction, architecture, urban design, the political process of planning and reconstruction, and also popular perceptions of rebuilding. Its findings provide very timely lessons which highlight the value of learning from historical precedent.

The Moulton Bicycle by Bruce D. Epperson

Title The Moulton Bicycle
Author Bruce D. Epperson
Publisher McFarland
Release 2018-04-30
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 229
ISBN 147667325X
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

A bicycle standard of living -- But today we collect ads -- Cycling in a new key -- Who killed Roger Rabbit's Moulton? -- Really, what makes a bike? -- History repeats itself, once more -- Alternative wheels -- Vanished into the clouds -- Yesterday's tomorrow is not today -- Clip-on, plug-in, burn-out

Housing Economics by Geoffrey Meen

Title Housing Economics
Author Geoffrey Meen
Publisher Springer
Release 2016-04-29
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 313
ISBN 1137472715
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

The world has still to emerge fully from the housing-triggered Global Financial Crisis, but housing crises are not new. The history of housing shows long-run social progress, littered with major disasters; nevertheless the progress is often forgotten, whilst the difficulties hit the headlines. Housing Economics provides a long-term economic perspective on macro and urban housing issues, from the Victorian era onwards. A historical perspective sheds light on modern problems and the constraints on what can be achieved; it concentrates on the key policy issues of housing supply, affordability, tenure, the distribution of migrant communities, mortgage markets and household mobility. Local case studies are interwoven with city-wide aggregate analysis. Three sets of issues are addressed: the underlying reasons for the initial establishment of residential neighbourhoods, the processes that generate growth, decline and patterns of integration/segregation, and the impact of historical development on current problems and the implications for policy.