A Vision for London, 1889-1914: labour, everyday life and by Susan D. Pennybacker

By Susan D. Pennybacker

The London County Council was once a the world's greatest municipal govt and a laboratory for social experimentation earlier than the nice conflict. It sought to grasp the issues of metropolitan amelioration, political financial system and public culture.
Pennybacker's social historical past checks the imaginative and prescient of London Progressivism opposed to its practitioners' accomplishments. She argues that the ancient reminiscence of the hopes encouraged through LCC success and the disillusions spawned via failure, are effective forces in ultra-modern deeply ambivalent responses to metropolitan politics in London. The `new women', bohemian London, scandal within the development undefined, midwifery, accommodation homes, kid's provision and the tune corridor have been all provocative concerns in LCC paintings. Their tale richly conjures up existence within the turn-of-the-century city and illustrates the complexities of `municipal socialism'.

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