Leicester: a modern history


An excellent history written by people who know and understand the city well. Beautifully produced in softback.

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What sort of place is Leicester and also how has it been shaped by its past? This lavishly produced book brings together an impressive amount of new historical research seeking to answer this question and providing fresh interpretations of Leicester’s history since 1800. The chapters analyse the events, changes and characteristics that have shaped the city and therefore given it its distinctive identity. The sights, sounds and smells of the city in the twenty-first century are products of cumulative layers of history, layers which are peeled back by a specially assembled team of historians, all of whom have lived and worked in Leicester for many years. The result is an important book which helps us to understand the city’s past, so that we may better understand the present and know how to approach the future. A quietly confident city, Leicester is certainly built on firm historical foundations.

Leicester City Council and the City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby wonderfully supported this excellent book.

  • Author: Richard Rodger and Rebecca Madgin
  • Imprint: Carnegie Publishing
  • Binding: Softback
  • ISBN: 978-1-85936-224-2, 978-1-85936-231-0
  • Pages: 416
  • Dimensions: 243 x 169mm
  • Illustrations: 150+ colour, black & white


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