The Forging of the Modern State

Early Industrial Britain, 1783-c.1870
Author: Eric J. Evans
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351018205
Category: History
Page: 596
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In what has established itself as a classic study of Britain from the late eighteenth century to the mid-Victorian period, Eric J. Evans explains how the country became the world’s first industrial nation. His book also explains how, and why, Britain was able to lay the foundations for what became the world’s largest empire. Over the period covered by this book, Britain became the world’s most powerful nation and arguably its first super-power. Economic opportunity and imperial expansion were accompanied by numerous domestic political crises which stopped short of revolution. The book ranges widely: across key political, diplomatic, social, cultural, economic and religious themes in order to convey the drama involved in a century of hectic, but generally constructive, change. Britain was still ruled by wealthy landowners in 1870 as it had been in 1783, yet the society over which they presided was unrecognisable. Victorian Britain had become an urban, industrial and commercial powerhouse. This fourth edition, coming more than fifteen years after its predecessor, has been completely revised and updated in the light of recent research. It engages more extensively with key themes, including gender, national identities and Britain’s relationship with its burgeoning empire. Containing illustrations, maps, an expanded ‘Framework of Events’ and an extensive ‘Compendium of Information’ on topics such as population change, cabinet membership and significant legislation, the book is essential reading for all students of this crucial period in British history.

The Eclipse of a Great Power

Modern Britain 1870-1992
Author: Keith Robbins
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317894987
Category: History
Page: 488
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Covers both the expansion and the decline of the British Empire and the reasons behind this sudden eclipse in power.

Aristocracy and People

Britain, 1815-1865
Author: Norman Gash
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674044913
Category: History
Page: 375
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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.

The Shaping of Modern Britain

Identity, Industry and Empire 1780 - 1914
Author: Eric Evans
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317862368
Category: History
Page: 568
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In this wide-ranging history of modern Britain, Eric Evans surveys every aspect of the period in which Britain was transformed into the world's first industrial power. By the end of the nineteenth century, Britain was still ruled by wealthy landowners, but the world over which they presided had been utterly transformed. It was an era of revolutionary change unparalleled in Britain - yet that change was achieved without political revolution. Ranging across the developing empire, and dealing with such central institutions as the church, education, health, finance and rural and urban life, The Shaping of Modern Britain provides an unparallelled account of Britain's rise to superpower status. Particular attention is given to the Great Reform Act of 1832, and the implications of the 1867 Reform Act are assessed. The book discusses: - the growing role of the central state in domestic policy making - the emergence of the Labour party - the Great Depression - the acquisition of a vast territorial empire Comprehensive, informed and engagingly written, The Shaping of Modern Britain will be an invaluable introduction for students of this key period of British history.

A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People?

England 1783-1846
Author: Boyd Hilton
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199218919
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 784
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Boyd Hilton examines the changes in politics and society in the years 1783-1846, showing how the raffish and rakish style of eighteenth-century society, having reached a peak in the Regency, then succumbed to the new norms of respectability popularly known as 'Victorianism'.

A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Britain

Author: Chris Williams
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405156791
Category: History
Page: 606
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A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Britain presents 33 essays by expert scholars on all the major aspects of the political, social, economic and cultural history of Britain during the late Georgian and Victorian eras. Truly British, rather than English, in scope. Pays attention to the experiences of women as well as of men. Illustrated with maps and charts. Includes guides to further reading.

Aspects of British Political History 1914-1995

Author: Stephen J. Lee
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134790414
Category: History
Page: 448
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Aspects of British Political History 1914-1995 examines all the major themes, personalities and issues of this important period in a clear and digestible form. It: * introduces fresh angles to long-studied topics * consolidates a great body of recent research * analyses views of different historians * offers an interpretive rather than narrative approach * gives concise treatment to complex issues * is directly relevant to student questions and courses * is carefully organised to reflect the way teachers tackle these courses * is illustrated with helpful maps, charts, illustrations and photographs.

Sir Robert Peel

Statesmanship, Power and Party
Author: Eric J. Evans
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134225237
Category: History
Page: 128
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Sir Robert Peel provides an accessible and concise introduction to the life and career of one of the most political leaders of the nineteenth century. Perhaps best known for seeing through the Repeal of the Corn Laws, Peel had an enormous impact on political life of his age and beyond. Eric J. Evans reassesses Peel's career, arguing that although Peel's executive and administrative strengths were great, his arrogance, lack of empathy with the development of political parties and his inflexible commitment to economic liberalism presented political problems which he was incapable of solving. This expanded and fully revised second edition: fully engages with the extensive new historical work on Sir Robert Peel published since the first edition appeared fifteen years ago includes a glossary of key terms plus an updated and expanded bibliography, including listing useful websites. Sir Robert Peel is the perfect introduction for all students of nineteenth-century history.

A Social History of England 1851-1990

Author: Francois Bedarida
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136097244
Category: History
Page: 404
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In this, the second edition of A Social History of England, Francois Bédarida has added a new final chapter on the last fifteen years. The book now traces the evolution of English society from the height of the British Empire to the dawn of the single European market. Making full use of the Annales school of French historiography, Bédarida takes his inquiry beyond conventional views to penetrate the attitudes, behaviour and psychology of the British people.

The Great Reform Act of 1832

Author: Eric J. Evans
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134816022
Category: History
Page: 96
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The 1832 Reform Act was a watershed in the history of modern Britain, profoundly affecting the composition of parliament and the course of all subsequent legislation. This new edition of The Great Reform Act of 1832 extends and updates Eric J. Evans's classic account of the crucial political and economic issues and: * highlights the travails of Toryism at the end of the 1820s * clarifies complex questions of policy * shows the connections between the Reform Act of 1832 and subsequent radical activity and reform legislation * presents revised electoral statistics. An accessible and stimulating guide to the student of modern political history, students of history and political history will find this invaluable to their studies.

Leonardo to the Internet

Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present
Author: Thomas J. Misa
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421404788
Category: Science
Page: 400
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"Misa brings his acclaimed text up to date by examining how today's unsustainable energy systems, insecure information networks, and vulnerable global shipping have helped foster geopolitical risks and instability. A masterful analysis of how technology and culture have influenced each other over five centuries, Leonardo to the Internet frames a history that illuminates modern-day problems and prospects faced by our technology-dependent world

Does the United Kingdom Still Have a Constitution?

Author: Anthony Stephen King
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780421749306
Category: Constitutional history
Page: 111
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This new work, based on the 52nd series of Hamlyn Lectures delivered by Anthony King, one of the UK's leading political commentators, examines the British constitutional tradition and explores where it is now heading. King: describes no fewer than a dozen major constitutional changes that have taken place over the past thirty years; maintains that, although no one seems to have noticed the fact, the traditional British constitution no longer exists; and insists that there is, as yet, no constitutional settlement and that the constitution is still in flux.

The Age of Oligarchy

Pre-Industrial Britain 1722-1783
Author: Geoffrey Holmes,D. Szechi
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131789426X
Category: History
Page: 456
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The second volume, on early and mid-Georgian Britain, shows how the country used its expanding wealth, its new-found social cohesion at home and its international influence abroad to become not only a European but an imperial power. As with the first volume, every aspect of the period is covered.

Nationhood and identity

the British state since 1800
Author: David Powell
Publisher: I B Tauris & Co Ltd
Category: History
Page: 314
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Britannia—the towering female with helmet and spear, and a symbol of the British isles—has been one of British history’s most enduring icons. But who is she, and who does she represent? Who are the British? The Scots, Welsh, Irish, and English have been asking themselves these questions for hundreds of years. In this probing examination of these questions, Davis Powell charts the political evolution of the UK from the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland in 1800 to the late 20th-century debates over devolution to Scotland and Wales, the future of Northern Ireland, and Britain's membership in the EU.


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Great Britain
Page: N.A
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Vols. for 1969-1970 consist of the proceedings of the Conference on British Studies, Pacific Northwest Section; summer 1971-winter 1972 consists of the proceedings of the Conference on British Studies at its Regional and National Meetings; spring 1979-winter 1980 includes proceedings of the Conference on British Studies at its Regional and National Meetings; spring 1983- includes proceedings of the North Americna Conference on British Studies.