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A Companion to 19th Century Britain

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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.
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.

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).
List of Maps, Diagrams and Tables. Contributors. Introduction: Chris Williams (University of Wales, Swansea). Part I: Britain and the World. 1. Britain and the World Economy: Anthony Howe (University of East Anglia). 2. Britain and the European Balance of Power: John R. Davis (Kingston University). 3. Britain and Empire: Douglas M. Peers (University of Calgary). 4. The Armed Forces: Edward M. Spiers (University of Leeds). Part II: Politics and Government. 5. The Monarchy and the House of Lords: The 'Dignified' Parts of the Constitution: William M. Kuhn (Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin). 6. The State: Philip Harling (University of Kentucky). 7. Political Leadership and Political Parties, 1800-1846: Michael J. Turner (University of Sunderland). 8. Political Leadership and Political Parties, 1846-1900: Michael J. Turner (University of Sunderland). 9. Parliamentary Reform and the Electorate: Michael S. Smith (University of California, Riverside). 10. Politics and Gender: Sarah Richardson (University of Warwick). 11. Political Thought: Gregory Claeys (Royal Holloway, University of London). Part III: Economy and Society. 12. Agriculture and Rural Society: Michael Winstanley (Lancaster University). 13. Industry and Transport: William J. Ashworth (University of Liverpool). 14. Urbanization: Simon Gunn (University of Leicester). 15. The Family: Shani D'Cruze (Manchester Metropolitan University). 16. Migration and Settlement: Ian Whyte (Lancaster University). 17. Standard of Living, Quality of Life: Jane Humphries (University of Oxford). 18. Class and the Classes: Martin Hewitt (Trinity and All Saints, University of Leeds). 19. Economic Thought: Noel Thompson (University of Wales, Swansea). Part IV: Society and Culture. 20. Religion: Mark A. Smith (University of Oxford). 21. Literacy, Learning and Education: Philip Gardner (University of Cambridge). 22. The Press and the Printed Word: Aled Jones (University of Wales, Aberystwyth). 23. Crime, Policing and Punishment: Heather Shore (University of Portsmouth). 24. Popular Leisure and Sport: Andy Croll (University of Glamorgan). 25. Health and Medicine: Keir Waddington (Cardiff University). 26. Sexuality: Lesley A. Hall (University College, London). 27. The Arts: Patricia Pulham (Queen Mary, University of London). 28. The Sciences: Iwan Rhys Morus (University of Wales, Aberystwyth). Part V: The United Kingdom. 29. Politics in Ireland: Christine Kinealy (University of Central Lancashire). 30. Economy and Society in Ireland: Christine Kinealy (University of Central Lancashire). 31. Scotland: E. W. McFarland (Glasgow Caledonian University). 32. Wales: Matthew Cragoe (University of Hertfordshire). 33. British Identities: Chris Williams (University of Wales, Swansea). Bibliography of Secondary Sources. Index
"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
"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


  • Presents 33 essays by expert scholars on all the major aspects of the political, social, economic, and cultural history of Britain during the period.

  • 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.
Short Title
COMPANION TO 19TH CENTURY BRIT
Pages
606
Publisher
Blackwell Publishers
Series
Blackwell Companions to British History
Language
English
ISBN-10
1405156791
ISBN-13
9781405156790
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
941.081
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2006
Publication Date
2006-10-31
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edited by
Chris Williams
Birth
1963
Author
Chris Williams
Imprint
Wiley-Blackwell
Place of Publication
Chicester
Audience
Professional and Scholarly
Edition
1st
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