Peter Aughton Liverpool: A People's History

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Liverpool: A People's History

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Liverpool is indisputably one of the greatest cities on earth. From its warm, tough, always-beating heart come people renowned for their friendliness, wit, resilience and strength of character. Throughout its long and surprisingly varied history Liverpool has engendered fierce loyalty from its - citizens, and captivated even the most casual of - visitors. "Liverpool: A People's History" tells the full story of this unique place in a way which celebrates the - individuals who have shaped it, often allowing - witnesses from the past to speak for themselves. This book traces the growth of the city from a little fishing village on the banks of the Mersey all the way from its foundation in 1207 to the proud European Capital of Culture 800 years later.Combining good historical research with a lively, fresh and accessible style, Peter Aughton describes every stage of Liverpool's remarkable history: from its origins as a tiny port in the tidal inlet known as the 'Liver Pool', to the horrors of the slave trade, the building of the world's first ever public railway, its brief spell in the eighteenth century as a fashionable spa town, its unprecedented growth as the major seaport for the world's first industrial society, its role in a mass emigration movement that saw perhaps as many as nine million souls depart from its quaysides for a better life in the New World, the devastation to docks, public buildings and houses caused during the terrible Blitz in 1941, the Mersey Sound which now draws thousands of visitors from around the world, right up to the recent renaissance of the town's fortunes which has culminated in the European Capital of Culture bid success. This is a truly fascinating story which is complemented by over 300 pictures, including specially drawn maps designed to help the reader to understand the city's development. Many of the images are reproduced in colour, making "Liverpool: A People's History" a genuine classic worthy of a place on bookshelves both locally and the world over. It is the best single volume on Liverpool currently available in print.

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Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England, United Kingdom along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. It was founded as a borough in 1207 and was granted city status in 1880. It is the fourth most populous British city, and third most populous in England, with a 2011 population of 466,400 and is at the center of a wider urban area, the Liverpool City Region, which has a population of around 2 million people. Historically a part of Lancashire, the urbanization and expansion of Liverpool were both largely brought about by the city's status as a major port. By the 18th century, trade from the West Indies, Ireland and mainland Europe coupled with close links with the Atlantic Slave Trade furthered the economic expansion of Liverpool. By the early 19th century, 40% of the world's trade passed through Liverpool's docks, contributing to Liverpool's rise as a major city. Liverpool is also well known for its inventions and innovations, particularly in terms of infrastructure, transportation and general construction. Railways, ferries and the skyscraper were all pioneered in the city. Now in a newly updated and expanded third edition, "Liverpool: A People's History" by Peter Aughton is a 352 page, profusely illustrated compendium detailing the history of this iconic British city. Informed, informative, and highly recommended, "Liverpool: A People's History" is enhanced with the inclusion of a comprehensive list of Liverpool street names, copious notes and references, a list for further reading, and an index.

"[A] fascinating history intertwined with 'conversations' with contemporary characters ... This short review of 340 pages packed with information cannot do justice this excellent book which is packed with detail ... The book is lavishly illustrated and the publishers are to be congratulated on the quality of the printing."--W.J. Taylor "Lancashire Magazine "

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