Metropolitan comparisons: London as a city-state
By Derek Keene
Historical Research, Volume 77, Issue 198 (2004)
Abstract: This article explores ideas associated with the term ‘metropolis’, especially when used concerning London, and then takes the notion of the city-state as a heuristic device to identify recurrent and fundamental characteristics of this particular metropolis. The comparisons are between successive phases in London’s history, including the present; between London and other metropolises; and between London and that elusive ideal type, the ‘city-state’.