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Nineteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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The nineteenth century was a time of massive growth for Britain. In 1800 it was overwhelmingly rural, agrarian, multilingual, and almost half-Celtic. A century later it was largely urban and English. The effects of the Industrial Revolution caused cities to swell enormously. London, for example, grew from about 1 million people to over 6 million. Abroad, the British Empire was reaching its apex, while at home the world came to marvel at the Great Exhibition of 1851 with its crowning achievement--the Crystal Palace. Historians Christopher Harvie and Colin Matthew present a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the social, economic, and political events that marked the era on which many believed the sun would never set.

Synopsis:

An account of remarkable economic and social change and an even more remarkable political stability. The authors show the forces behind 19th-century Britain's rise to its imperial zenith, and the continuing tensions within the nations and classes of the "union state".

About the Author

Christopher Harvie is Professor of British and Irish Studies at T�bingen in Germany. Colin Matthew is editor of the Gladstone Diaries and author of an award-winning life of the Victorian statesman.

Table of Contents

1. Reflections on the revolutions

2. Industrial development

3. Reform and religion

4. The wars abroad

5. Roads to freedom

6. Coping with reform

7. Unless the Lord build the city

8. The ringing grooves of change

9. Politics and diplomacy: Palmerstons years

10. Incorporation

11. Free trade: an industrial economy rampant

12. A shifting population: town and country

13. The masses and the classes: the urban worker

14. Clerks and commerce: the lower middle class

15. The propertied classes

16. Pomp and circumstance

17. A great change in manners

18. Villa Tories: the Conservative resurgence

19. Ireland, Scotland, Wales: Home Rule frustrated

20. Reluctant imperialists?

21. The fin-de-si�cle reaction: new views of the State

22. Old Liberalism, New Liberalism, Labourism, and tariff reform

23. Edwardian years: a crisis of the State contained

24. Your English summers done

Further reading

Chronology

Prime ministers 1789-1914

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192853981
Author:
MATTHEW, COLIN (FORMERLY PROFESSOR OF MODERN HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD)
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Null, Christopher
Author:
Harvie, Christopher
Author:
null, H. C. G.
Author:
Matthew, H. C. G.
Location:
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Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
History, World | British | 19th C
Subject:
Great Britain History 19th century.
Subject:
World History-England General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
bonded leather navy 6261RRL
Series:
VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION S.
Publication Date:
May 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 pt. type
Pages:
172
Dimensions:
178 x 111 in.

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