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London's shadows : the dark side of the Victorian city

Author: Drew D Gray
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1888 London was the capital of the most powerful empire the world had ever known, and the largest city in Europe. In the west a new city was growing, populated by the middle classes, the epitome of 'Victorian values'. Across the city the situation was very different. The East End of London had long been considered a nether world, a dark and dangerous region outside the symbolic 'walls' of the original City. Using  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Jack, the Ripper.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Drew D Gray
ISBN: 9781847252425 1847252427
OCLC Number: 466343992
Description: 280 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Creating the 'myth' of Jack the Ripper --
2. Murder and mayhem in Victorian London : the Whitechapel murders of 1888 in context --
3. East meets West : the contrasting nature of Victorian London and the mixed community of the East End --
4. Read all about it! Ripper news and sensation in Victorian society --
5. The bitter cry of outcast London : poverty, charity and the fear of revolution --
6. City of dreadful delights : vice, prostitution and Victorian society --
7. Crime and the criminal class in late Victorian London --
8. Watching the detectives : the police and the hunt for Jack the Ripper --
9. London's shadows : the darker side of the Victorian.
Responsibility: Drew Gray.

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Offers an account of the hidden world of Victorian London. Focusing on the Whitechapel murders of Jack the Ripper, this book explores prostitution and pornography, poverty, revolutionary politics,  Read more...

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Drew Gray's book is a fine addition to the literature on urban history at a time when we were learning to live in large communities and experimenting with different ways of doing so.--Sanford Lakoff Read more...

 
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