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Violent London
2000 Years of Riots, Rebels and Revolts
 
 
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08 Sep 2010
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Almost as soon as it was built, London suffered the first of many acts of violent protest, when Boudica and her followers set fire to the city in AD 60. Ever since, the capital's streets have been a forum for popular insurrection.

Covering nearly 2,000 years of protest – from Wat Tyler to the G20 - this is the story of an alternative London, and an alternative history of the British Isles: outside parliamentary processes and in direct confrontation with the forces of the state. It is a story of political activism expressed in street fighting and slum warfare, in assassination and bombing, peopled by a fascinating array of demagogues, democrats, bigots and social revolutionaries. It is also the story of the growth of London as a capital and as a major city.

This fully revised and comprehensive edition contains new chapters on the 7/7 attacks, the deaths of Jean Charles de Menezes and Ian Tomlinson, recent environmental, anti-capitalist and libertarian protest, and a discussion of the importance of current laws on terrorism, civil rights and the policing of protests.


Description

Almost as soon as it was built, London suffered the first of many acts of violent protest, when Boudica and her followers set fire to the city in AD 60. Ever since, the capital's streets have been a forum for popular insurrection.

Covering nearly 2,000 years of protest – from Wat Tyler to the G20 - this is the story of an alternative London, and an alternative history of the British Isles: outside parliamentary processes and in direct confrontation with the forces of the state. It is a story of political activism expressed in street fighting and slum warfare, in assassination and bombing, peopled by a fascinating array of demagogues, democrats, bigots and social revolutionaries. It is also the story of the growth of London as a capital and as a major city.

This fully revised and comprehensive edition contains new chapters on the 7/7 attacks, the deaths of Jean Charles de Menezes and Ian Tomlinson, recent environmental, anti-capitalist and libertarian protest, and a discussion of the importance of current laws on terrorism, civil rights and the policing of protests.


Reviews

'This isn't just a history of riots and revolts: because each disturbance has to be placed in context, this is a political history which is made all the more interesting because it concentrates on the flashpoints, and the events which caused them. ' - The Guardian
 
'…[an] ambitious and erudite chronicle of protest in the capital…assiduously researched...' - The Times
 
'Clive Bloom's rigorous examination and analysis of radical protest in the UK throughout the ages stretches across 600-odd pages, and justifies every word. Acts of violent rebellion in the distant past are discussed, with their relevance to modern times cleverly pointed up, and Bloom colourfully evokes insurrections from AD 60 onwards. Little wonder, in fact, that JG Ballard was generous in his praise for an earlier edition of the book.' – Barry Forshaw, The Good Book Guide


Reviews of 1st edition (Pan):
 
'An exhilarating rush through countless riots, insurrections and full-blown street wars...written in a racy and accessible style...As I read this superb history, I looked out at my quiet suburban garden, disappointed not to hear the sound of trumpets.' - J. G Ballard, Daily Telegraph

'A breathless but exhilarating journey from Boudica to such recent events as the aftermath of September 11th and the march of the Countryside Alliance, Bloom's viewpoint is nicely balanced, critical of government and especially of the police, but not unreasonably so, and not too passionately keen that the rebels should win every time.' - Times Literary Supplement

'Seamless, full of information, connections and insights.' - Juliet Gardiner, BBC History Magazine
 
' [A] masterful study.' - Max Dunbar, 3:AM Magazine

'Clive Bloom's rigorous examination and analysis of radical protest in the UK throughout the ages stretches across 600-odd pages, and justifies every word. Acts of violent rebellion in the distant past are discussed, with their relevance to modern times cleverly pointed up, and Bloom colourfully evokes insurrections from AD 60 onwards. Little wonder, in fact, that JG Ballard was generous in his praise for an earlier edition of the book. Violent London is a thoroughgoing literary exploration of London's 'secret' history, from the world of radicals and subversives (including Wat Tyler to the Anti-Globalization Movement via the Gordon Riots, the Cato Street Conspirators, the Suffragettes, Mosleyites and the IRA)'. - Barry Forshaw, Good Book Guide


Contents


List of Illustrations
Map
Preface to Palgrave Edition
Acknowledgements to Palgrave Edition
A Desolation they called Peace: The Destruction of London in AD 60
'Offence - A Londoner': The Peasants' Revolt to Evil May Day
'We'll no need the Papists noo!': Criminalizing Catholics from the Babington Plot to Guy Fawkes
Free-Born John: Levellers, Fifth Monarchy Men and the Peace Women
Murderous Fantasies: The Great Fire to the Popish Plot
George's War: From the Jacobites to the Gordon Riots
The Ape-Like Irish: The Aftermath of the Gordon Riots, the Catholic Emancipation Act and the Garibaldi Riots
'Wilkes and Liberty': The Political Riot
The United States of England: The English Jacobins to the Cato Street Conspirators
Monster Rallies: The War with the Chartists, the 'Sally Army' and the Rebellious Schoolchildren of London
Persecuting Pigeons: Trafalgar Square and Bloody Sunday
'Good Old Dynamite': London's War with the Bombers
Women Behaving Badly: The Suffragettes
Huns and Hashish: The Yellow Peril to the German Pogrom
Comrades All: Red London to Red Ken
Brave Boys of the BUF: The Origins of London Fascism
Not Quite Kosher: The Jews of London, Jeffrey Hamm and the Return of Oswald Mosley
Alien Nation: Indian Assassins and Black Radicals
The Tiber Flowing with Much Blood: Enoch Powell, Notting Hill and Hackney
Like Rorke's Drift: Hackney, Brick Lane and Lewisham
Anarchy in the UK: Private Armies, Vigilantes and the New Cross Fire
Living on the Front Line: Brixton to Broadwater Farm; the Stephen Lawrence Case to the Soho Bomber
One, Two, Three, What Are We Fighting For?: Grosvenor Square to Moon at the Monarchy 2000
Back to the Future: Poll Tax Rebels and Tenant Strikers
The Free Republic of Wanstonia: The Fight for London's Green Spaces
Never Underestimate a Minority: Guerrilla Gardeners and the Countryside Alliance
The Man in the Third Carriage - 7/7 and its Consequences
Operation Glencoe – G20, Ian Tomlinson and the Future of Street Protest
Epilogue: Watching the River Flow: Surveillance and Terror
Appendix One: Shadow of a Warrior Queen: Boudicca and the Destruction of London: Unanswered Questions
Appendix Two: The Huguenot and Italian Legacy
Appendix Three: Assassination Attempts on the Royal Family
Notes
Index


Authors

CLIVE BLOOM is Emeritus Professor of English and American Studies at Middlesex University, UK. Widely published and Series Editor of Palgrave Macmillan's Crime Files series, he is the author of Literature, Politics and Intellectual Crisis in Britain Today (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000) and Cult Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan 1996), amongst many other titles.