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British History 1815-1914 2/e

Norman McCord and Bill Purdue

Publication Date - December 2007

ISBN: 9780199233199

608 pages
Hardcover

Retail Price to Students: $125.00

The only introduction to British history covering the entire century from the end of the Napoleonic Wars onwards

Description

This fully revised and updated edition of Norman McCord's authoritative introduction to nineteenth century British history has been extended to cover the period up to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.

The nineteenth and early twentieth century saw the transformation of Britain from a predominantly rural to a largely urban society with an economy based upon manufacturing, finance, and trade, and from a society governed mainly by a landed aristocracy to what was increasingly a mass democracy. The authors chart the development of a modern state equipped with a large and expanding bureaucracy, the expansion of overseas territories into one of the world's greatest empires, and changes in religion, social attitudes, and culture.

The book divides the era into four chronological periods, with chapters on the political background, administrative development, and social, economic, and cultural changes in each period. Exploring major themes such as the massive increase in population, the question of class, the scope of state activity, and the development of consumerism, leisure, and entertainment, and including a select bibliography and biographical appendix, this updated new edition provides the ultimate introduction to British history between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the outbreak of the First World War.

Features

  • The only introduction to British history covering the entire century from the end of the Napoleonic Wars onwards
  • This new, fully updated edition now extended to cover the period up to the outbreak of the First World War
  • Clearly divided into four chronlogical sections, each with separate chapters covering political, institutional, and economic and social developments

About the Author(s)

Norman McCord is Emeritus Professor of Social History at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Bill Purdue was Reader in British History at the Open University and is now a Senior Visiting Lecturer.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    Part I
    1. Political Developments, 1815-1830
    2. Government and Administration, c. 1815-1830
    3. Economy and Society, c. 1815-1830
    Part II
    4. Political Developments, 1830-1852
    5. Government and Administration, c. 1830-1850
    6. Economy and Society, c. 1830-1850
    Part III
    7. Political Developments, 1852-1880
    8. Government and Administration, c. 1850-1880
    9. Economy and Society, c. 1850-1880
    Part IV
    10. Political Developments, 1880-1914
    11. Government and Administration, c. 1880-1914
    12. Economy and Society, c. 1880-1914
    Biographical Appendix
    Select Bibliography
    Index