Dr John Davis


I am a historian of modern London. Initially I worked on the nineteenth-century metropolis, concentrating on local politics and local government, but for the last fifteen years or so I have specialised in London in the post-war period, and particularly the 1960s and 1970s. Whilst I have worked on popular culture, permissiveness and the drug scene in the 'swinging city', I am interested in all aspects of the capital in these years, and have published essays on such topics as race and housing, inner-city education, planning and local government and even London's taxi-drivers. Working on the modern history of a very large and diverse city enables the historian to study an unusually wide range of subjects and to avoid unduly restrictive specialisation. I am currently working on the outer suburbs in the 1970s and on the inner-city squatting phenomenon of that decade.

  • Reshaping the Welfare State? Voluntary Action and Community in London, 1960-1975

  • Silent Minority? British Conservative Students in the Age of Campus Protest

  • "The Most Fun I Ever Had"? : Squatting in England in the 1970s

  • Community and the Labour Left in 1970s London

  • Containing Racism? The London experience, 1957-1968

  • Drop-Outs

  • The London Cabbie and the Rise of Essex Man

  • Living Utopia: Communal Living in Denmark and Britain

  • "Die Briten kommen”: British Beat and the Conquest of Europe in the 1960s

  • Macmillan’s Martyr: the Pilgrim Case, the “Land Grab” and the Tory Housing Drive, 1951-9

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