By Susan D. Pennybacker

The London County Council used to be a the world's greatest municipal executive and a laboratory for social experimentation earlier than the good struggle. It sought to grasp the issues of metropolitan amelioration, political financial system and public culture.
Pennybacker's social historical past assessments the imaginative and prescient of London Progressivism opposed to its practitioners' accomplishments. She argues that the historic reminiscence of the hopes encouraged by way of LCC fulfillment and the disillusions spawned via failure, are powerful forces in trendy deeply ambivalent responses to metropolitan politics in London. The `new women', bohemian London, scandal within the development undefined, midwifery, accommodation homes, kid's provision and the track corridor have been all provocative concerns in LCC paintings. Their tale richly inspires existence within the turn-of-the-century city and illustrates the complexities of `municipal socialism'.

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