Britain: Citadel of the Commonwealth

There was little in the look of the place last week to suggest that it had been through its most traumatic experience since World War II. Wedged between the Bloody Tower and Temple Bar, the one square mile of London known as the City is not only the financial center of Britain and the Commonwealth but a whole way of life— and that life has endured amid countless crises for more than 500 years. In the narrow streets with the wonderful names—Threadneedle, Cornhill, Cheapside, Poultry, Old Jewry—the rush-hour crowds of sober-suited,...

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