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Author's response


The Politics of the Poor: the East End of London, 1885–1914

Jon Lawrence
Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2004
ISBN 0-19-927-055-4; xii + 240 pages, price £55.00

Marc Brodie

Monash University

I thank Dr Lawrence for his positive comments, and I am happy to accept the review. I would just note, as stated in the book, that my central aim, in addition to rescuing the East End from simple ideas of 'slum conservatism', was to show how very localised social structures and personal relationships, often ignored, might influence political results, and not necessarily to explain the entire make-up of East End politics in the period.

November 2004

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