No matter where you are in the world, you have likely heard of London. As one of the oldest cities in the western world, London has seen a lot of changes over the years and been of great importance in historical events. When taking a brief glance at the history of London, you need to go back to the days of the Roman Empire. As the ancient civilization swarmed across Europe, ancient Britain became wrapped up in the growth. Although Rome eventually fell the city remained. The start of the fifth century saw the armies and control drain from London along with many other places on the outer reaches of the empire. Only a fragment of the former population remained. During the next several hundred years the region underwent multiple attacks by neighboring Vikings. The population there had enough influence for the construction of a cathedral for their religious beliefs. At that point in time, Christianity was still in it's infancy. It was very important that churches were established and maintained in far reaching places in order for the new religion to take hold. The church and the workers for the church were busy spreading the message. In addition to European outreach, Africa and parts of Asia were greatly influenced by the growing religious faith. William the Conqueror is given credit for giving the city strength via the Tower of London and his strong control. In 1066 his reign began and it is considered the start of a new era for the region. The newly established strength of the royal crown helped to solidify the city. With order restored the people began to grow and thrive. Over the course of the next several hundred years royal families struggled for control of Europe. During that time the leader of Britain often spent time in London. The Tudor monarchy utilized the city and brought a great deal of fame and fortune to the region. Even today the rulers from that short piece of history continue to grab attention. Their reign took place during the important split of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. While the reasons might have been personal, the long term effects of that choice had a dramatic influence on how the rest of history has unfolded. In 1665, a plague almost took out the civilization of London and many other European cities. The bubonic plague has entered the city via shipping lines. The following year the Great Fire of London occurred, destroying much of the city. However, rather than remaining disheartened, the people began to rebuild. In fact, the city has a history of rebuilding no matter what circumstances might throw toward it. During World War Two, the city suffered extensive damage. Under the leadership of the queen, the people rebuilt once again and the city continues to be a major power in world politics. London is a powerful city with an extensive history. It is worth learning more about to better understand the global perspective.
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