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A Short History of London: The Creation of a World Capital by Simon Jenkins

A Short History of London: The Creation of a World Capital

Simon Jenkins

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Viking
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 10 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9780241369982

From the prehistoric occupants of the Thames Valley to the preoccupied commuters of today, Simon Jenkins brings together the key events, individuals and trends in London's history to create a matchless portrait of the capital

2 stars out of 5
26 Oct 2019

"These personal snippets have charm, and A Short History of London is attractively packaged"

These personal snippets have charm, and A Short History of London is attractively packaged. The front endpapers reproduce a bird’s-eye view of the city from around 1550, and there’s a generous selection of plates. Yet the lack of endnotes is frustrating.... Mistakes such as these perhaps do no more than nibble at the authority of Jenkins’s account, which is always lucid. Yet he has a tendency to cramp vividness with didacticism — to sound less like a historian, gleaning evidence from primary sources, than a political columnist hooked on epigram.

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