Aristocracy and People: Britain, 1815-1865

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Harvard University Press, 1979 - History - 375 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Country and People
9
2Government and Religion
43
The Peterloo Years
70
The Government and the State of the Nation
102
The Constitutional Revolution
129
Parties and Politics
156
The Condition of England Question
187
Peels Decade
220
The Decline of Party Politics
250
1o Safeguard and Security
283
Taking Stock in 1865
319
Bibliography
351
Appendices
364
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Norman Gash is Professor of History, University of St Andrews.

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