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Among Cannibals and Headhunters

Jack London in Melanesia

Keith Newlin

In April 1907 Jack London set sail from San Francisco on a projected seven-year, round-the-world voyage. He spent five months in Hawaii, where he completed the outfitting of his boat, the Snark , while also touring the islands and writing a number

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‘Time Is Like a Soup’

Boat Time and the Temporal Experience of London’s Liveaboard Boaters

Ben Bowles

canals and rivers of London and the south-east. These include the River Thames before its tidal stretch past Teddington, the Grand Union Canal as far as Uxbridge, the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal, the Regent’s Canal in Central and East London

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The temporality of illegality

Experiences of undocumented Latin American migrants in London

Ana Gutiérrez Garza

In March 2010, I visited Elephant and Castle, one of the so-called Latin American enclaves in South London, with my friend Jovanna from Bolivia. We went to Elephant because she wanted to get some salteñas (pastries) from a Bolivian woman who sells

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The Corpus of London

(Dis)covering the Victorian City

David W. Chapman

epochs rather than decades. How might a Victorianist, for instance, disentangle London from its Roman foundations, its walled medieval city, Georgian reconstruction and expansion, and, of course, its post-Victorian modernization? This is not a mere

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“Avoiding the mistakes of the past”

Tower block failure discourse and economies of risk management in London's Olympic Park

Saffron Woodcraft

The devastating fire in Grenfell Tower (London) on 14 June 2017, which trapped residents in the 24-story tower block, killing 72 people, gave renewed momentum to a long-running political and popular debate about the nature of tower block living and

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Squatted Social Centers in London

Temporary Nodes of Resistance to Capitalism

E.T.C. Dee

This article assesses squatted social centers in London as a means to understand the cycles, contexts and institutionalization processes of the local squatters movement. This diffuse social movement had its heyday in the late 1970s and early 1980s when there were 30,000 squatters and still exists today despite squatting in residential buildings being criminalized in 2012. Analysis is based on a database of 245 social centers, which are examined in terms of duration, time period, type of building and location. Important centers are briefly profiled and important factors affecting the squatters movement are examined, in particular institutionalization, gentrification, and criminalisation.

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Joel T. Rosenthal

The Institute of Historical Research (IHR), University of London, was founded in 1921, largely due to the efforts of A. F. Pollard, professor at University College, a major authority on Tudor History and an active entrepreneur in the world of historical scholarship and organization. Thanks to a recent arrangement of the IHR's archives the story of its founding and its first decade of existence can be told with reference to such in-house issues as who taught—and who attended—the early seminars and who attended the first meeting of the Anglo-American Historical Conference. Pollard envisioned a central clearing house for historical research as an integral part of the university whereby ideas could be exchanged, students introduced to the mysteries of historical research, and questions about the nature of historical projects and inquiry could be answered both through personal communication and in the Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research. Those who use the IHR today benefit from a vision that at the time was novel and unorthodox.

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Victorian London Redux

Adapting the Gothic Metropolis

Chris Louttit

In the relatively recent past, adaptations and period dramas set in nineteenth-century London have aimed frequently to create an authentic-seeming image of this historical city. Instances of this commitment to verisimilitude can be found, moreover

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Fashioning Masculinities through Migration

Narratives of Romanian Construction Workers in London

Alexandra Urdea

The present article aims to show that, for migrant men working in London in low- and mid-skilled jobs, migration is a path for fashioning the self as gendered actors striving to improve their livelihoods. The present article describes their

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‘At the Mercy of the German Eagle’

Images of London in Dissolution in the Novels of William Le Queux

Antony Taylor

urban panic novelists like George Gissing, Arthur Morrison and Walter Besant, Le Queux shared many of their concerns about the collapsing urban fabric of the metropolis. For him, as for many other contemporaries, the unique problems of London framed