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Life and Work


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Revolution and Reform


 
Poverty, Wealth, and History in the East End of London
A Series of Two E-Seminars

Taught by: Paul Johnson

Description
E-Seminar Description
In his two-part e-seminar series, Poverty, Wealth, and History in the East End of London, Professor Paul Johnson explores the rich and dramatic history of the East End of London. Using Spitalfields, a historic corner of the East End, as a window onto the history of social and economic change, you will learn about the great surges of immigration from Ireland, Eastern Europe and Bangladesh, about the creation, destruction and re-creation of tightly knit communities, about labor and toil in one of the poorest and most restive districts of London, and consequently about the religious, political and social fault-lines that divided and defined British society.

You will also learn about the repeated attempts to regenerate the East End: from the strict moral regulation of Victorian tenement housing for the slum dwellers of the East End to the exclusive redevelopments for wealthy workers from the City. You will explore action taken by East Enders to find redress for their problems—riots through the West End in 1888 and the Dock Strike of 1889—and study attempts to investigate and invigorate the East End—from Charles Booth's pioneering survey of London in 1901 to local council initiatives in 2001. You will also visit the site of one of the most extraordinary events in the history of the East End: the Battle of Cable Street, where in 1936 East Enders—Jewish and non-Jewish alike—battled with the police escort of Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists as they attempted to march through the East End.

Through images, maps, video, eyewitness testimony, and critical examination of original sources, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of one of the legendary areas of Britain.

E-Seminar Length:6-10 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Construct a narrative history of the East End of London with an awareness of the competing voices and sources.

•    Evaluate historical sources, such as images and maps, diaries, and statistics.

•    Explain the issues that make Spitalfields distinctive.

•    Demonstrate an understanding of the changes in the physical landscape of the East End.

•    Identify the personal, social, and political sources of community in the East End throughout its history.

•    Describe continuities and changes in the labor market and industry.

•    Contextualize and describe the East End's vivid history of social disorder and strikes.

•    Assess socio-economic status in Spitalfields using a customized "poverty calculator."

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Outline
E-seminar 1
Prologue: Poverty, Wealth, and History in the East End of London: Life and Work
1. The East End in Time and Space
2. Family and Community: The Social Life of the East End
3. Labour and Toil: The Working Worlds of the East End
4. Conclusion

E-seminar 2
Prologue: Poverty, Wealth, and History in the East End of London: Revolution and Reform
1. Bricks and Mortar: Building the East End
2. Poverty and Chaos: Disorder in the East End
3. Investigation and Invigoration: Reform in the East End
4. Conclusion

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Paul Johnson is Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught at the London School of Economics since 1984 and took up his current post of professor of economic history and convenor of the department in 1999. He has been Visiting Professor at All Souls College, Oxford, and at the Graduate School of Business, Nihon University, Tokyo. Between 1984 and 1999, he was also research fellow for the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Since 1987, he has also been a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His research interests include the economics of retirement and old age, pensions policy and British social history since 1850. His publications include Saving and Spending: The Working Class Economy in Britain 1870-1939 and 20th Century Britain: Economic, Social and Cultural Change and Old Age from Antiquity to Post-Modernity. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals and has been a consultant for institutions ranging from the UK National Consumers Council to the World Bank.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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