The Mid-Victorian Generation, 1846-1886 by K. Theodore Hoppen

The Mid-Victorian Generation, 1846-1886

byK. Theodore Hoppen

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This, the third volume to appear in the New Oxford History of England, covers the period from the repeal of the Corn Laws to the dramatic failure of Gladstone's first Home Rule Bill. In his magisterial study of the mid-Victorian generation, Theo Hoppen identifies three defining themes. The first he calls 'established industrialism' - the growing acceptance that factory life and manufacturing had come to stay. It was during these four decades that the balance of employment shifted irrevocably. For the first time in history, more people were employed in industry than worked on theland. The second concerns the 'multiple national identities' of the constituent parts of the United Kingdom. Dr Hoppen's study of the histories of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Empire reveals the existence of a variety of particular and overlapping national traditions flourishing alongside theincreasingly influential structure of the unitary state. The third defining theme is that of 'interlocking spheres' which the author uses to illuminate the formation of public culture in the period. This, he argues, was generated not by a series of influences operating independently from each other, but by a variety of intermeshed political, economic,scientific, literary and artistic developments. This original and authoritative book will define these pivotal forty years in British history for the next generation.

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K. Theodore Hoppen is at University of Hull.

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Title:The Mid-Victorian Generation, 1846-1886Format:PaperbackPublished:May 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of PlatesList of MapsList of TablesAcknowledgements to IllustrationsIntroductionPART 1: SOCIETY AND THE STATE1 The Agrarian Interest: Agricultural ups and downs - Rural society2 The Middle Sort of People: Numbers, experiences, anxieties - Professional persons - Lower borderlands - Urban contexts3 Workers by Hand: Numbers, work, poverty - Respectability, adjustment, autonomy - Standards of living4 The Nature of the State: What should the State do? - Centre and localities - What the State didPART II: THE FABRIC OF POLITICS5 Parties, Government, Policies 1846-1855: Corn Law repeal - Parties - Governments - Imperial and foreign affairs6 Crimean War and Indian Mutiny: War against Russia - Revolt in India7 Palmerston and After, 1855-1868: Palmerston at last - Conservative interlude - Palmerston again and Gladstone rising - Perturbations, 1865-1868 - Imperial and foreign affairs8 Reform and Electoral Politics: Questions of reform - Reform Acts 1867/1868 - Elections and the electoral systemPART III MONEY AND MENTALITIES9 A Maturing Economy: Revolutions, climaterics, productivity - Industries, railways services - A trading nation - Investing at home and overseas - No longer at full steam?10 Living and Spending: Families, sex, relationships - Houses, domesticity, making ends meet - Food and clothes - Shops, pubs, and having a good time11The Business of Culture: Preliminary - Literature - Music - Painting - Architecture12 Godly People: Denominational landscapes - Who they were and what they did13 The Evolutionary Moment: Spencer, Darwin, and others - Progress, dissolution, hopes, fears - Matters of belief - matters of imaginationPART IV ENGLAND AND BEYOND14 A British Nation? The Experiences of Scotland and Wales: Britain, a lop-sided affair - Scotland: society and religion - Wales: religion and change - Scotland: Identities, regions, land - Wales: land and politics - Ambivalent states15 The Island of Ireland: Contexts - The Great Famine - A post-famine world: land, religion, politics16 Gladstone and Disraeli 1868-1880: Gladstone sprinting - Disraeli strolling - Foreign and imperial affairs - Another Liberal tide17 Shifts and Realignments: Leaders, parties, policies - Foreign and imperial affairs - Irish questionsMapsChronologyList of CabinetsBibliographyIndexList of PlatesList of MapsList of TablesAcknowledgements to IllustrationsIntroductionPART 1: SOCIETY AND THE STATE1. The Agrarian Interest: Agricultural ups and downs - Rural society2. The Middle Sort of People: Numbers, experiences, anxieties - Professional persons - Lower borderlands - Urban contexts3. Workers by Hand: Numbers, work, poverty - Respectability, adjustment, autonomy - Standards of living4. The Nature of the State: What should the State do? - Centre and localities - What the State didPART II: THE FABRIC OF POLITICS5. Parties, Government, Policies 1846-1855: Corn Law repeal - Parties - Governments - Imperial and foreign affairs6. Crimean War and Indian Mutiny: War against Russia - Revolt in India7. Palmerston and After, 1855-1868: Palmerston at last - Conservative interlude - Palmerston again and Gladstone rising - Perturbations, 1865-1868 - Imperial and foreign affairs8. Reform and Electoral Politics: Questions of reform - Reform Acts 1867/1868 - Elections and the electoral systemPART III MONEY AND MENTALITIES9. A Maturing Economy: Revolutions, climaterics, productivity - Industries, railways services - A trading nation - Investing at home and overseas - No longer at full steam?10. Living and Spending: Families, sex, relationships - Houses, domesticity, making ends meet - Food and clothes - Shops, pubs, and having a good time11. The Business of Culture: Preliminary - Literature - Music - Painting - Architecture12. Godly People: Denominational landscapes - Who they were and what they did13. The Evolutionary Moment: Spencer, Darwin, and others - Progress, dissolution, hopes, fears - Matters of belief - matters of imaginationPART IV ENGLAND AND BEYOND14. A British Nation? The Experiences of Scotland and Wales: Britain, a lop-sided affair - Scotland: society and religion - Wales: religion and change - Scotland: Identities, regions, land - Wales: land and politics - Ambivalent states15. The Island of Ireland: Contexts - The Great Famine - A post-famine world: land, religion, politics16. Gladstone and Disraeli 1868-1880: Gladstone sprinting - Disraeli strolling - Foreign and imperial affairs - Another Liberal tide17. Shifts and Realignments: Leaders, parties, policies - Foreign and imperial affairs - Irish questionsMapsChronologyList of CabinetsBibliographyIndex

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`Theodore Hoppen's book will definate our views of mid-Victorian society for the next two or three generations, and well it should. It is a book written from deep knowledge, wide reading and sparkling historical vision; students and scholars will gain much from reading it.'D. G. Paz, An American Journal, A Quarterly Journal devoted to British studies, 31/2.