The History of London: From Roman Outpost to Global City

TLDR London, originally founded as a Roman military outpost, has evolved over centuries to become one of the most important cities in the world. It has faced challenges such as Viking attacks, the Great Plague, and World War bombings, but has rebounded and transformed into a diverse multicultural global city and a major center for finance and banking.

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00:00 London, a city that has grown dramatically since its establishment as a Roman military outpost, is now one of the most important cities in the world.
02:34 The Romans founded London in 47 AD along the Thames River, which provided strategic advantages for trade and defense, and the original settlement is now known as the City of London.
04:29 Londonium, the Roman settlement that would become London, faced challenges such as raids, Viking attacks, and Danish control, but began to turn around under King Alfred the Great and later became an important religious and cultural center under Edward the Confessor, with the construction of Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.
06:24 In the 15th century, London's population grew to 100,000 people, and in 1665 and 1666, the city experienced the Great Plague and the Great Fire, which destroyed 60% of the city but led to opportunities for rebuilding and development.
08:29 By the end of the 19th century, London became the largest city in the world with a population of 6.5 million people, experiencing an explosion in poverty and the construction of notable landmarks such as the new Westminster Palace and the clock tower of Westminster, known as Big Ben.
10:34 London experienced military attacks during both World War I and World War II, resulting in thousands of deaths and a decline in population, but eventually rebounded and reached its highest population in history.
12:42 London's post-war period saw an increase in immigration, transforming it into a diverse multicultural global city and a center for finance and banking, making it one of the top five cities in the world by importance to the world economy.
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