London: Emerging global city of empire (1660-1851)

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One icy walk across London on Christmas Eve 1992 encapsulates myambivalent relationship with this world city. I spent the academic year 1992-1993 in London researching my dissertation on crime and legal responsibil-ity in eighteenth-century England. My fiancé and I had been invited to dinner at the home of a college friend and his family who lived in Richmond. After dinner they prepared to attend midnight mass while we made our way to the train station where we were assured a ride into the city, though on Christmas Eve we had been warned that service would stop at midnight. We weren’t particularly worried, thinking naively that we’d be able to get a cab if no buses and trains were running in London. We caught the last train from Richmond that night, but it went only as far as Hammersmith-and we wanted to get back to my apartment in central London.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlaces of Encounter
Subtitle of host publicationTime, Place, and Connectivity in World History: Volume II
EditorsAran MacKinnon, Elaine Mcclarnand MacKinnon
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780429961861
ISBN (Print)9780813347394
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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