Decision-making under duress: the treatment of churches in the City of London during and after World War II

LARKHAM, PETER J. and NASR, JOE L. (2012) Decision-making under duress: the treatment of churches in the City of London during and after World War II. Urban History, 39 (02). pp. 285-309. ISSN 0963-9268

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Abstract

The process of making decisions about cities during the bombing of World War II, in its immediate aftermath and in the early post-war years remains a phenomenon that is only partly understood. The bombing left many church buildings damaged or destroyed across the UK. The Church of England’s churches within the City of London, subject to a complex progression of deliberations, debates and decisions involving several committees and commissions set up by the bishop of London and others, are used to review the process and product of decision-making in the crisis of war. Church authorities are shown to have responded to the immediate problem of what to do with these sites in order most effectively to provide for the needs of the church as an organization, while simultaneously considering other factors including morale, culture and heritage. The beginnings of processes of consulting multiple experts, if not stakeholders, can be seen in this example of an institution making decisions under the pressures of a major crisis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Submitted to REF 2014, UoA 16, Peter Larkham
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
V100 History by period
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
Depositing User: Miss Jessica Baylis
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 08:21
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 08:21
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/264

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