Liverpool: the first 1,000 years

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Garlic Press, Dec 1, 2001 - 240 pages
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One thousand years ago the Mersey was a lake, not a river mouth. In 1207 King John granted a royal charter to 168 merchants in a small town, but when Elizabeth I was on the throne, the population of Liverpool--ravaged by plague and other misfortunes--was smaller than it had been in King John's time 350 years before. But, come the end of the 19th century, Liverpool was one of the greatest trading cities on Earth, was the gateway between the Old and New Worlds, and was home to brilliant pioneers, inventors, entrepreneurs and reformers. Liverpool ships sailed to all corners of the Earth, and Liverpool had stronger connections with America than any other British town. It was a Liverpool man who financed the American Revolution; the first and last acts of the American Civil War had Liverpool connections. In the 1960s Liverpool was one of the coolest cities on the planet--home of The Beatles, it was THE place to be. So how, by the early 1980s, did Liverpool become the pariah city of Britain? The city's reputation had been flipped from positive to negative in a few years. Why have people been so quick to forget the great world city? This biography of a remarkable city offers a clearer perspective on recent history, and a reminder of the impact Liverpool had on the world during the last millennium. With a long view of the city's story, it can look forward to the next thousand years with excitement.--From publisher description.

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