Synopses & Reviews
One of the foremost scholars of nineteenth-century England, Gash has written a new interpretation of the years 1815 to 1865 that takes industrialization off center stage as the great dramatic event in national life. Gash integrates other equally significant changes the postwar slump in trade and manufacturing, the unprecedented expansion of population, and the increasing urbanization. He argues that the singular ability of the industrial revolution to produce wealth and skills enabled England to cope with impending social catastrophe. Gash also reintroduces the importance of politics in explaining events, and he challenges the recent historical interpretations giving primacy to class history and class consciousness.
As befits the greatest living authority on early nineteenth-century politics, [Professor Gash's] book is lucid on the era of Liverpool, Peel and Palmerston, with many shrewd asides on the constitution, social structure, religious institutions and the governmental machine. Time Literary Supplement
One of the foremost scholars of nineteenth-century England, Gash has written a new interpretation of the years 1815 to 1865 that takes industrialization off center stage as the great dramatic event in national life.
About the Author
Norman Gash is Professor of History, St. Andrew's University.
Table of Contents
- Country and People
- Government and Religion
- The Peterloo Years
- The Government and the State of the Nation
- The Constitutional Revolution
- Parties and Politics
- The ‘Condition of England’ Question
- Peel's Decade
- The Decline of Party Politics
- Safeguard and Security
- Peace and Prosperity: Taking Stock in 1865
- Increase in Population, 1801–61
- Yearly Average Price of Wheat, 1811–64
- Distribution of Parliamentary Seats before and after the Reform Act of 1832