‘A People’s History of London’ (Housmans, 11.07.12)

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‘A People’s History of London’ (Housmans, 11.07.12)

Housmans – radical booksellers since 1945
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Verso Books presents:
‘A People’s History of London’
with Lindsey German and John Rees
7pm, Wednesday 11th July

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Authors Lindsey German and John Rees for a discussion London’s forgotten history as a world capital of revolution.

In the eyes of Britain’s heritage industry, London is the traditional home of empire, monarchy and power, an urban wonderland for the privileged, where the vast majority of Londoners feature only to applaud in the background.

Yet, for nearly 2000 years, the city has been a breeding ground for radical ideas, home to thinkers, heretics and rebels from John Wycliffe to Karl Marx. It has been the site of sometimes violent clashes that changed the course of history: the Levellers’ doomed struggle for liberty in the aftermath of the Civil War; the silk weavers, match girls and dockers who crusaded for workers’ rights; and the Battle of Cable Street, where East Enders took on Oswald Mosley’s Black Shirts.

‘A People’s History of London’ journeys to a city of pamphleteers, agitators, exiles and revolutionaries, where millions of people have struggled in obscurity to secure a better future.

This event is part of the London’s Burning series at Housmans.

About The Authors

Lindsey German is the convenor of the Stop the War Coalition and a former member of the central committee of the Socialist Workers Party. She was editor of Socialist Review for twenty years until 2004. She has twice stood as a left wing candidate for Mayor of London, coming fifth in 2004 and most recently standing as the Left List mayoral candidate in the May 2008 elections. In February 2010, following "increasing disenchantment" with the leadership, she resigned from the SWP, after 37 years membership. She has written several books, including two on women's rights.

John Rees is a broadcaster and writer who is a national officer of the Stop the War Coalition and a member of the editorial board of Counterfire (www.counterfire.org). He is the writer and presenter of the political history series Timeline. In 2011 he participated in the Egyptian Revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak and his book on the Arab Revolutions, 'The People Demand, a short history of the Arab Revolutions’ was co-written with Joseph Daher.

Event information

Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King's Cross
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473
Email: shop@housmans.com
www.housmans.com

Entry: £3, redeemable against any purchase
Nearest tube: King's Cross
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