The heart and home of horror: The great London fogs of the late nineteenth century

Luckin, Bill ORCID: 0000-0003-3411-6485 (2003) The heart and home of horror: The great London fogs of the late nineteenth century. Social History, 28 (1). pp. 31-48. ISSN 1470-1200

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This article centres on the unprecedentedly severe fog crisis which afflicted London between the 1870s and the mid-1890s. An overview of meteorological developments prefaces an interrogation of the mid-Victorian origins of environmental cost-benefit analysis and the only slowly dawning awareness that adverse weather conditions might make a significant contribution to mortality and morbidity from respiratory disease. At the same time, exceptionally degraded air quality came to be associated with the threat of physical and psychological degeneration in the poorest inner and eastern districts of the city. Perceived as a totality, these bodies of knowledge and ideology - economic, epidemiological and social Darwinistic - reinforced and legitimated a catastrophist fin de siècle vision of almost unbearably debilitating social, economic and cultural relationships between 'darkness at noon' and the potential implosion of the late nineteenth century metropolis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Metadata only available from this repository. Original article was published in Social History.
Divisions: Bolton School of the Arts > English and Creative Writing
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:51
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2018 10:45
Identification Number: 10.1080/0141987032000040189

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