Professor Jerry White (Birkbeck, University of London), Introduction by Professor David Green (Kings College London), Concluding remarks by Professor Matthew Davies (Birkbeck, University of London)
8 November 2016
Jerry White explores the impact of war and its aftermath on London and the Londoner. Ranging widely over nearly three centuries of metropolitan history, White detects patterns of wartime repression and peacetime rebellion, of urban development stemmed then unleashed, of contradictory consequences for the London economy, of gains and losses for the metropolitan poor and of the terrors and limitation of a xenophobic metropolis. While all of London's wars were historically contingent, the experience and consequences of war and its legacy would repay special study by the capital's historians.
Professor Jerry White teaches modern London history at Birkbeck, University of London. His first book, Rothschild Buildings: Life in an East End Tenement Block 1887-1920, won the Jewish Chronicle Non-Fiction Book Prize for 1980; his London in the First World War, wasSpear's Social History of the Year for 2014. His Mansions of Misery. A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison, is published by The Bodley Head in October 2016.