Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Exploring 20th Century London - Timeline

London City


London began the 20th century as the capital of the world's largest Empire and Britain's
 dominant city. One third of the entire trade of Great Britain passed through London's docks. If you are interested in finding out more about London , and it's history, from 1900 - 1999,
 this website would be really useful to find out in more detail some information about things such as London's economy and jobs, historic events that had happened on a particular year, or even the population of London on a specific year.


The 1950's was a prosperous decade. Record quantities of imports and exports passed through London's docks. The reconstruction effort was in full swing. Skilled labour was now being actively recruited from Commonwealth countries and was helping build and staff London's new hospitals, houses and schools. To find out more about the the history of London in the 50's , click here.


During the 1960's London developed a new sense of itself. It became officially larger when its government was reorganised as 'Greater London'. It also got a new image as the capital of youth and anti-establishment values. Buildings and skirts went higher: hair got longer: music got louder. Carnaby Street and the King's Road became as famous as Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. Find out more about the 60's in London, click here.


The 1970's was a traumatic decade for London. Changes in global trade disrupted all sectors of the economy. As docks and factories closed, so inner city London developed a landscape of dereliction and decay. The IRA bombing campaign brought fear to the capital's streets. The population was shrinking and unemployment rising. Some people predicted that London was dying.To find out more about the the history of London in the 70's , click here.


Many of the tensions of the 1970s continued into the 1980's. Hostility between the Metropolitan Police and the West Indian community erupted into riots in Brixton in 1981. Hostility between national government and the Greater London Council (GLC) led to the abolition of the GLC in 1986. The IRA resumed its bombing campaign.To find out more about the the history of London in the 80's , click here.


The 1990's saw a new mood of optimism in London. The capital began to think of itself as truly global. It grew relaxed with its multicultural population and proud of its creative buzz. London in the 1990s became, statistically, different to the rest of the country. The capital had a younger population and a far more multicultural one. By the end of the century 29% of Londoners were from a minority ethnic group, as compared to 9% in Britain as a whole..To find out more about the the history of London in the 90's , click here.