A Companion to 19th Century Britain by Chris Williams

A Companion to 19th Century Britain

Chris Williams
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“A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Britain” presents 33 essays by expert scholars on all the major aspects of the political, social, economic, and cultural history of Britain during the late Georgian and Victorian eras. It makes sense of the fascinating new perspectives on this era that have been generated in recent years while not losing sight of broader, more enduring themes.


Each essay both distils the current state of historical scholarship and assesses the directions that research is likely to take in future. All the contributions pay attention to the experiences of women as well as of men, and to regional and national variations across Britain and Ireland. Though engaged with cutting-edge theories, including postmodern and post-structuralist perspectives, the contributors avoid technical jargon and assume no prior expert knowledge.


The volume is written in a clear and energetic manner, and illustrated with maps and charts where appropriate. Guides to further reading allow readers to follow chosen avenues of investigation with confidence.

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“A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Britain” presents 33 essays by expert scholars on all the major aspects of the political, social, economic and cultural history of Britain during the late Georgian and Victorian eras.
Truly British, rather than English, in scope.
Pays attention to the experiences of women as well as of men.
Illustrated with maps and charts.
Includes guides to further reading.

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“This book is an excellent companion... It is an ideal book for anyone interested in the history of the nineteenth century.” Reference Reviews “This most recent addition to the ambitious Blackwell 'Companions' series in British history is thorough and up-to-date ... For scholars, it will become a well-thumbed historiographical source on their office shelves. Essential.” Choice A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year "The Companions to British History...is [an] example of how organization has made a difference in terms of informing the wider public about serious history." H-Net Reviews

Author Biography

Chris Williams is Professor of Welsh History at the University of Wales, Swansea. He is an editor of the Studies in Welsh History monograph series and a committee member of Llafur, the Welsh People's History Society. He is the author of Democratic Rhondda: Politics and Society, 1885-1951 (1996), Capitalism, Community and Conflict: The South Wales Coalfield 1898-1947 (1998), and editor (with Duncan Tanner and Deian Hopkin) of The Labour Party in Wales, 1900-2000 (2000) and (with Jane Aaron) of Postcolonial Wales (2005).

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