Liverpool is indisputably one of the greatest cities on earth. From its warm, tough, always-beating heart come people renowned for their friendliness, wit, resilience and strength of character. Throughout its long and surprisingly varied history Liverpool has engendered fierce loyalty from its - citizens, and captivated even the most casual of - visitors. "Liverpool: A People's History" tells the full story of this unique place in a way which celebrates the - individuals who have shaped it, often allowing - witnesses from the past to speak for themselves. This book traces the growth of the city from a little fishing village on the banks of the Mersey all the way from its foundation in 1207 to the proud European Capital of Culture 800 years later.Combining good historical research with a lively, fresh and accessible style, Peter Aughton describes every stage of Liverpool's remarkable history: from its origins as a tiny port in the tidal inlet known as the 'Liver Pool', to the horrors of the slave trade, the building of the world's first ever public railway, its brief spell in the eighteenth century as a fashionable spa town, its unprecedented growth as the major seaport for the world's first industrial society, its role in a mass emigration movement that saw perhaps as many as nine million souls depart from its quaysides for a better life in the New World, the devastation to docks, public buildings and houses caused during the terrible Blitz in 1941, the Mersey Sound which now draws thousands of visitors from around the world, right up to the recent renaissance of the town's fortunes which has culminated in the European Capital of Culture bid success.
This is a truly fascinating story which is complemented by over 300 pictures, including specially drawn maps designed to help the reader to understand the city's development. Many of the images are reproduced in colour, making "Liverpool: A People's History" a genuine classic worthy of a place on bookshelves both locally and the world over. It is the best single volume on Liverpool currently available in print.
Peter Aughton was born in Southport and educated at King George V School. He has always been fascinated by the great city of Liverpool and his earliest memories are of the Mersey ferries, the Overhead Railway and the shipping, the trams and the post war bomb sites.Peter has been a member of the Liverpool and District Family History Society for many years and he still gives occasional talks to the --society. He is a lecturer at the University of the West of England, and his career includes twelve years in the aerospace industry.