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AbstractThe rapid expansion of the overseas trade in woollen cloth through London, the city's growing dominance of the import trade of both luxury manufactured goods and raw materials, its growth as a manufacturing centre, and its increase in population brought great prosperity to the merchants,...
AbstractLondon's refuse has long been the subject of archaeological, sociological and historical study. The cavalier attitude of its citizens to the disposal of their domestic and industrial detritus still makes fruitful copy for journalists and social commentators. What was the role of rubbish...
AbstractThe sensational imagery that was commonly used by social explorers and charity activists to depict the East End during the 'Outcast London' controversy of the 1880s has proven durable. The lurid accounts of slum conditions and human depravity presented in the period's journalism and...
AbstractThe eighteenth century was a period of formidable economic and cultural achievement for Britain. The 'polite and commercial society' of Georgian Britain — as it has been defined by a well-known historian — was heavily influenced by foreign styles, fashions and consumer goods. Little,...
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