Discover the history of Modern London from the early 20th century where it was the capital of one of the largest empires in history up to the 21st British capital becoming one of the most influential cities on the planet.

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  1. Modern London: the story of the 20th/21st century British capital
  2. London entered the 20th century at the height of its influence as the capital of one of the largest empires in history
  3. During World War I, London experienced its first bombing raids carried out by German zeppelin airships
  4. The Interwar period saw London expanding faster than ever before facilitated by the growth of the rail network and widening car ownership
  5. But it suffered severe unemployment during the Great Depression of the 1930s
  6. It was also home to Britain’s suffragettes such as Emmeline Pankhurst who campaigned for women right to vote
  7. During World War II Blitz, London suffered severe damage by the bombs of the Luftwaffe killing some 30,000 people
  8. The raid of December 1940 became known as the Second Great Fire of London as a firestorm destroyed many historic buildings
  9. Shortly after the war , in the summer of 1948 London held the Summer Olympics at the original Wembley Stadium
  10. Starting in the mid-1960s London became a centre for the worldwide youth culture , exemplified by Carnaby Street ‘s Swinging London
  11. London’s role as a global trendsetter was strongly revived in the 1980s during the new wave and punk eras
  12. In the mid-1990s this was revived to some extent with the emergence of the Britpop era
  13. Around the start of the 21st century, London marked the new century with projects such as the Millennium Dome at Greenwich and the London Eye
  14. On 7/7 the city was rocked by a series of terrorist attacks in three bombings on Underground trains and a fourth on a double Decker bus near King’s Cross
  15. On the summer of 2012 London became the first city to host the modern Olympics games three times
  16. It remains today one of the most influential cities on the planet

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