Geographies of the Super-Rich
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Geographies of the Super-Rich

Edited by Iain Hay

This timely and path-breaking book brings together a group of distinguished and emerging international scholars to critically consider the geographical implications of the world’s super-rich, a privileged yet remarkably overlooked group.
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Chapter 7: A study of the dominance of the super-wealthy in London’s West End during the nineteenth century

Kathryn Wilkins


This chapter moves away from contemporary debates surrounding the spatial implications of the super-rich, and instead focuses on the nineteenth century, to a study of the wealthy who participated in the annual ‘Season’ in the West End of London for several months each year throughout the century. The chapter introduces the Season before using four examples to demonstrate the differing ways in which the super-rich during this period exercised control over the uses of space, and how this control was manifested. Ultimately, the chapter serves as an illustration of the way in which this group of super-wealthy dominated the West End of London during the nineteenth century. It serves as a reminder that while the scale of contemporary activities by the super-rich is significant, their role in transforming space is not new.

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