The nineetenth century was a period of striking developments, and subject to a great pressure of change. This process of change is the primary focus of the book. Organised into a series of thematic chapters, Black and MacRaild's wide-ranging text offers the reader an analysis of numerous spheres of human history: politics, empire and warfare; economy, society and population; religion and culture. The book also offers considered treatment of Scotland, Wales and Ireland, with a truly British (as opposed to English) perspective maintained throughout. With numerous illustrations, helpful explanatory tables, boxes and textual inserts, as well as a list of further reading with each chapter, Ninteetenth Century Britain is an excellent introductory text book for students of this most vital period in British history.
JEREMY BLACK is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of a number of books including Modern British History since 1900, Eighteenth-Century Britain 1688-1783, and Maps and History. DONALD M MACRAILD is Head of History at the University of Northumbria. His previous books (with Jeremy Black) include Studying History and Irish Migrants in Modern Britain, 1750-1922.
Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Chronology.- The Eighteenth-Century Background.- The Industrial Revolution (I): 1750-1850.- The Industrial Revolution (II): 1850-1914.- Transport and Communications.- Population and Migration.- Living Space.- People.- The Political World to 1851.- The Political World after 1851.- Ireland and the Irish Question.- Scotland and Wales.- Britain and the Wider World I.- Britain and the Wider World II.- Women.- Morality, Sexuality and Victorian Values.- Religion and Belief.- Cultural Trends.- Postscript: Into the Twentieth Century.- Conclusions.