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By Chris Williams

A better half to Nineteenth-Century Britain provides 33 essays via specialist students on the entire significant points of the political, social, financial and cultural background of england throughout the past due Georgian and Victorian eras.

  • Truly British, instead of English, in scope.
  • Pays consciousness to the studies of ladies in addition to of fellows.
  • Illustrated with maps and charts.
  • Includes publications to additional reading.

Chapter 1 Britain and the realm economic system (pages 17–33): Anthony Howe
Chapter 2 Britain and the eu stability of energy (pages 34–52): John R. Davis
Chapter three Britain and Empire (pages 53–78): Douglas M. Peers
Chapter four The military (pages 79–92): Edward M. Spiers
Chapter five The Monarchy and the home of Lords: The ‘Dignified’ components of the structure (pages 95–109): William M. Kuhn
Chapter 6 The kingdom (pages 110–124): Philip Harling
Chapter 7 Political management and Political events, 1800–46 (pages 125–139): Michael J. Turner
Chapter eight Political management and Political events, 1846–1900 (pages 140–155): Michael J. Turner
Chapter nine Parliamentary Reform and the voters (pages 156–173): Michael S. Smith
Chapter 10 Politics and Gender (pages 174–188): Sarah Richardson
Chapter eleven Political notion (pages 189–202): Gregory Claeys
Chapter 12 Agriculture and Rural Society (pages 205–222): Michael Winstanley
Chapter thirteen and delivery (pages 223–237): William J. Ashworth
Chapter 14 Urbanization (pages 238–252): Simon Gunn
Chapter 15 The relatives (pages 253–272): Shani D'Cruze
Chapter sixteen Migration and cost (pages 273–286): Ian Whyte
Chapter 17 way of life, caliber of lifestyles (pages 287–304): Jane Humphries
Chapter 18 type and the sessions (pages 305–320): Martin Hewitt
Chapter 19 financial notion (pages 321–333): Noel Thompson
Chapter 20 faith (pages 337–352): Mark A. Smith
Chapter 21 Literacy, studying and schooling (pages 353–368): Philip Gardner
Chapter 22 the clicking and the broadcast observe (pages 369–380): Aled Jones
Chapter 23 Crime, Policing and Punishment (pages 381–395): Heather Shore
Chapter 24 well known rest and game (pages 396–411): Andy Croll
Chapter 25 health and wellbeing and drugs (pages 412–429): Keir Waddington
Chapter 26 Sexuality (pages 430–442): Lesley A. Hall
Chapter 27 the humanities (pages 443–456): Patricia Pulham
Chapter 28 The Sciences (pages 457–470): Iwan Rhys Morus
Chapter 29 Politics in eire (pages 473–488): Christine Kinealy
Chapter 30 financial system and Society in eire (pages 489–503): Christine Kinealy
Chapter 31 Scotland (pages 504–520): E. W. McFarland
Chapter 32 Wales (pages 521–533): Matthew Cragoe
Chapter 33 British Identities (pages 534–552): Chris Williams

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Arguably a new boom in capital exports had just begun, prompted by gold discoveries in South Africa, where the Boer War was to prove local, not global, in its ramifications. The ‘Great Depression’, if it had existed, was also held to have ended after 1896 with the beginnings of a new acceleration in the growth of world trade. In this context, Britain was unlikely to look inwards but was set to remain as the pivot of a period of rapid ‘internationalization’ within the world economy. This was famously eulogized by Keynes in his Economic Consequences of the Peace in 1919: The inhabitant of London could order by telephone, sipping his morning tea in bed, the various products of the whole earth, in such quantity as he might see fit, and reasonably expect their early delivery upon his doorstep; he could at the same moment and by the same means adventure his wealth in the natural resources and new enterprises of the world and share, without exertion or even trouble, in their prospective fruits and advantages; or he could decide to couple the security of his fortunes with the good faith of the townspeople of any substantial municipality in any continent that fancy or information might recommend .

21 Against this background, an increasingly vocal body of opinion was to argue that Britain should adopt a more active imperial economic policy, seeking either to recreate a ‘free trade empire’ (an unlikely possibility by the 1880s) or that she should at least form an imperial zollverein, in which the goods of the colonies would be favoured and those of ‘foreigners’ discriminated against. By the early 1890s pressure groups such as the United Empire Trade League and British Empire League saw in empire the solution to the economic problems that the ‘Great Depression’ had posed.

B. Saul’s Studies in British Overseas Trade, 1870–1914 (1960) and The Myth of the Great Depression, 1873–1896 (1985) remain valuable for changes in the late nineteenth century. The relationship with empire is central to P. Cain and A. G. Hopkins, British Imperialism, 1688–2000 (2001) and there are relevant essays in A. , The Oxford History of the British Empire, vol. 3, The Nineteenth Century (1999). For the political economy of British trade policy, see A. Howe, Free Trade and Liberal England, 1846–1946 (1997) and D.

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