A Companion to 19th-Century Britain

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Chris Williams
John Wiley & Sons, Oct 20, 2006 - History - 606 pages
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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. It makes sense of the fascinating new perspectives on this era that have been generated in recent years while not losing sight of broader, more enduring themes.

Each essay both distils the current state of historical scholarship and assesses the directions that research is likely to take in future. All the contributions pay attention to the experiences of women as well as of men, and to regional and national variations across Britain and Ireland. Though engaged with cutting-edge theories, including postmodern and post-structuralist perspectives, the contributors avoid technical jargon and assume no prior expert knowledge.

The volume is written in a clear and energetic manner, and illustrated with maps and charts where appropriate. Guides to further reading allow readers to follow chosen avenues of investigation with confidence.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
BRITAIN AND THE WORLD
15
Britain and the World Economy
17
Britain and the European Balance of Power
34
Britain and Empire
53
The Armed Forces
79
The Monarchy and the House of Lords The Dignified Parts of the Constitution
95
The State
110
Class and the Classes
305
Economic Thought
321
Religion
337
Literacy Learning and Education
353
The Press and the Printed Word
369
Crime Policing and Punishment
381
Popular Leisure and Sport
396
Health and Medicine
412

Political Leadership and Political Parties 180046
125
Political Leadership and Political Parties 18461900
140
Parliamentary Reform and the Electorate
156
Politics and Gender
174
Political Thought
189
Agriculture and Rural Society
205
Industry and Transport
223
Urbanization
238
The Family
253
Migration and Settlement
273
Standard of Living Quality of Life
287
Sexuality
430
The Arts
443
The Sciences
457
Politics in Ireland
473
Economy and Society in Ireland
489
Scotland
504
Wales
521
British Identities
534
Bibliography of Secondary Sources
553
Index
591
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Chris Williams is Professor of Welsh History at the University of Wales, Swansea. He is an editor of the Studies in Welsh History monograph series and a committee member of Llafur, the Welsh People's History Society. He is the author of Democratic Rhondda: Politics and Society, 1885–1951 (1996), Capitalism, Community and Conflict: The South Wales Coalfield 1898–1947 (1998), and editor (with Duncan Tanner and Deian Hopkin) of The Labour Party in Wales, 1900–2000 (2000) and (with Jane Aaron) of Postcolonial Wales (2005).

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