Nineteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 1, 2000

byChristopher Harvie, Colin Matthew

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First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, Christopher Harvie and Colin Matthew's Very Short Introduction to Nineteenth-Century Britain is a sharp but subtle account of remarkable economic and social change and an even more remarkable politicalstability. Britain in 1789 was overwhelmingly rural, agrarian, multilingual, and almost half Celtic. By 1914, when it faced its greatest test since the defeat of Napoleon, it was largely urban and English. Christopher Harvie and Colin Matthew show the forces behind Britain's rise to its imperialzenith, and the continuing tensions within the nations and classes of the 'union state'.

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First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, Christopher Harvie and Colin Matthew's Very Short Introduction to Nineteenth-Century Britain is a sharp but subtle account of remarkable economic and social change and an even more remarkable politicalstability. Britain in 1789 was overwhelmingly r...

Christopher Harvie and Colin Matthew were both brought up and educated in Edinburgh. Harvie went via the Open University to become Professor of British and Irish Studies at Tubingen in Germany, becoming a historian of modern Scotland and North Sea oil; from Oxford, Matthew edited the Gladstone Diaries, wrote an award-winning life of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.47 inPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Reflections on the revolutions2. Industrial development3. Reform and religion4. The wars abroad5. Roads to freedom6. Coping with reform7. Unless the Lord build the city8. The ringing grooves of change9. Politics and diplomacy: Palmerstons years10. Incorporation11. Free trade: an industrial economy rampant12. A shifting population: town and country13. The masses and the classes: the urban worker14. Clerks and commerce: the lower middle class15. The propertied classes16. Pomp and circumstance17. A great change in manners18. Villa Tories: the Conservative resurgence19. Ireland, Scotland, Wales: Home Rule frustrated20. Reluctant imperialists?21. The fin-de-siecle reaction: new views of the State22. Old Liberalism, New Liberalism, Labourism, and tariff reform23. Edwardian years: a crisis of the State contained24. Your English summers doneFurther readingChronologyPrime ministers 1789-1914Index