This engaging book provides a gateway to larger themes in modern British history through a set of fascinating portraits of individuals that explore important events and movements from the perspective of the people involved. As a rich and humanized supplement to traditional survey texts, this book offers readers a deeper understanding of key facets of British life in the early modern and modern periods.
Caroline Litzenberger is associate professor of history at Portland State University. Eileen Groth Lyon is associate professor of history at the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 John Locke: Politics, Philosophy, and Public Service Chapter 3 Sisters, Shopkeepers, and Dissenters: Singlewomen in Britain at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century Chapter 4 Charles Townshend and Eighteenth-century British Politics Chapter 5 Evangelical Religion Chapter 6 Captain Rock, Captain Swing: "Primitive" Rebels and Radical Politics in England and Ireland, 1790-1845 Chapter 7 The Oxford Movement in Wales: A Catholic Revival in a Protestant Land Chapter 8 Albert and the Great Exhibition of 1851: Creating the Ceremonial of Industry Chapter 9 The Indian Rebellion of 1857: A Crisis in British Imperial Consciousness Chapter 10 Charles Bradlaugh, Militant Unbelief, and the Civil Rights of Atheists Chapter 11 In Fits and Starts: The Education Struggle in Nineteenth-century Britain Chapter 12 A Woman's Right to Be Herself: The Political Journeys of Three British Suffrage Campaigners Chapter 13 Mary Butler, Domesticity, Housewifery, and Identity in Ireland, 1899-1912 Chapter 14 G. K. Chesterton and British National Identity in World War I Chapter 15 Barbara Nixon: A Warden's Blitz Chapter 16 Mothers First: Onitsha Women Battle the Government in Colonial and Postcolonial Nigeria, 1956-1964 Chapter 17 Margaret Thatcher: The Woman and Her Times