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Introduction Part I. Wealth and Occupations in London: 1. The structure of London's economy and labour force 2. Manufacturing, services and the London bourgeoisie Part II. Fluctuations and Mortality in the Metropolis: 3. Trends, cycles and wars 4. Seasonal fluctuations 5. The population of London: the ending of the old regime Part III. The Standard of Living and the London Trades: 6. The making of a wage rate 7. The challenge of sweated labour: a tale of four trades 8. The defences of the inferior artisans, conclusion: downstream from industrialisation Appendices: 1. Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century sources on occupations and incomes 2. Occupations insured with Sun Fire Office and Royal Exchange Assurance, 1775-87 3. 1851 census: Armstrong classification 4. 1851 census: summary tables.