Fighting Fires: Creating the British Fire Service, 1800-1978

Hardcover | January 15, 2010

byShane Ewen

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Examines the history of the British fire service from 1800-1980, embracing certain key themes of modern British history: the impact of industrial change on urban development, the effect of disaster on political reform, the growth of the state, and the relationship between masculinity and trade unionism in creating a professional identity.

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Examines the history of the British fire service from 1800-1980, embracing certain key themes of modern British history: the impact of industrial change on urban development, the effect of disaster on political reform, the growth of the state, and the relationship between masculinity and trade unionism in creating a professional identi...

SHANE EWEN  is Senior Lecturer in History at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 11.26 × 5.68 × 0.74 inPublished:January 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230517102

ISBN - 13:9780230517103

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A Private Fire Service? Governing the fire brigades during the early nineteenth century
Constructing Modern Fire Brigades: disaster as a stimulus to reform
Fire and Water: Municipalising Fire-fighting in Mid-Victorian Britain
A hero of this Nineteenth century a solider of the fire brigade: constructions of masculinity for late Victorian firemen
The New Urban Elites: protecting the profession and preventing fires in late Victorian and Edwardian Britain
Modernising the Fire Service: central and local influences
War and Reform: a national fire service?
Abandoning the Fire Service: from the spit and polish demonstration to the first national strike
Conclusion