‘The Great Refusal’: Why Does the City of London Corporation Only Govern the Square Mile?

@article{Doolittle2014TheGR,
  title={‘The Great Refusal’: Why Does the City of London Corporation Only Govern the Square Mile?},
  author={I. G. Doolittle},
  journal={The London Journal},
  year={2014},
  volume={39},
  pages={21 - 36}
}
Abstract This article asks why the City of London Corporation only governs the Square Mile. It looks first at the initial decision, in the 1630s, and agrees with previous commentators that caution was the key. It then jumps to the 1830s onwards and concludes that, by then, the chance of voluntary expansion was gone. The article therefore focuses on the period in-between. Why did the City not expand in the later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the circumstances were outwardly much… 
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