Introduction to Charles Booths’ London
Time: 19:45 - 21:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLW201
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Using Booth’s famous ‘Poverty Map’, which accompanied the survey, we will take up-close looks at such neighbourhoods as Lambeth, Soho, Whitechapel/Spitalfields, Bethnal Green, Covent Garden, Docklands, Lisson Grove, complemented by historical photos/sketches and eyewitness accounts by contemporaries of Booth’s that either corroborate or contest his vision of London at the end of the 19th century.
Booth’s highly complex work will be broken down into comprehensible units so that the learner will gain an unusually high level of understanding of this massive, much-quoted but rarely fully-read survey of London life.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Among the phenomena Booth investigated are: working-class political movements, women’s lives and economic status, religious/spiritual belief, late-Victorian immigrant experiences of the city, children and
schools, the various trades of London.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Explain the basic concepts in Booth’ work
• Identify the dominant socio-economic structure of late-19th-century London
• Define the various political strands of thought current at the time
• Recognise the characteristics of various individual London localities
• Pursue further reading on these subjects, with a detailed bibliography/secondary reading list.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge or skills are required, just curiosity and a willingness to engage with sometimes distressing data.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught by illustrated lecture and class discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
None. Handouts will be supplied and learners will be directed to the LSE’s Booth Poverty Map website which is full of free text and images in an easy-to-use format.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in London history. Please see the City Lit website.
Sarah Wise is an award-winning writer and historian, with an MA in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck, University of London. She teaches social history and literature at the University of California’s London Outreach Center. Her interests are urban history, working-class history, medical history and nineteenth-century literature and reportage. Her most recent book, Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England, was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize. Her 2004 debut, The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London, was shortlisted for the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and won the Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger. Her follow-up The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum (2008) was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize. Last year she was a contributor to the volume Charles Booth's London Poverty Maps, published by Thames & Hudson/London School of Economics. For reviews www.sarahwise.co.uk/reviews.html
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