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June 23, 2008

The Times History of London, 5th Edition - (Ed.) Hugh Clout

Posted by Jeremy Black

The Times History of London, 5th Edition
edited by Hugh Clout
HarperCollins, 2007
Hardback, 25

The Times History of London is welcome new edition of a historical atlas/illustrated history first published in 1991. The changes relate to new information on the prehistory of the London area and on London in the twenty-first century, as well as minor modifications during the text.

The London Now section includes a map of Canary Wharf and the Millennium Dome, while the London of the Future section incorporates the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, future transport schemes, including Crossrail, the Congestion Charge Zone and the 2012 Olympics. All very welcome, but nothing to match the sophisticated socio-economic analyses in John Mollenkopf's New York City in the 1980s: A Social, Economic and Political Atlas (1993), or some of the instructive maps in Bruce Macdonald's Vancouver: A Visual History (1992). The publisher would profit from rethinking the book as a whole, and notably from a more thoughtful account of recent developments.

Jeremy Black is Professor of History, University of Exeter. He is the author - amongst much else - of The Slave Trade (2007), A Short History of Britain (2007), The Holocaust (2008), and The Curse of History (2008).


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